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COVID-19: ALTEN ENERGÍAS RENOVABLES STATEMENT

ALTEN Energías Renovables has tackled significant challenges in the past, but we have never lived through anything like the pandemic caused by COVID-19.

Amidst global uncertainty, the priority for ALTEN Energías Renovables is to ensure the safety and health of all the professionals working with us, and to send a message of confidence and reassurance to our customers, suppliers, employees, partners and investors in all the countries in which we have a presence.

We are following very closely the decisions and guidance being given by the authorities in each country, and have put in place the technical and organizational resources necessary to guarantee that all our personnel continue working at full capacity, in an environment that is safe against this pandemic, to ensure the continuity of our projects throughout the world.

Our contingency plan works to guarantee our activity in the event of isolation and to contribute responsibly to controlling an epidemic in which each and every one of us plays an important part. For this reason:

In agreement with our suppliers, we have cut as far as possible the number of personnel present in the construction and operations of our photovoltaic plants, trying, as we always do, to employ local staff to avoid journeys from other regions.
We have closed our offices in the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Namibia and Kenya, rolling out teleworking for all administrative, technical and sales staff, preventing the need for travel in order to minimize their exposure to the risk of contagion.
We are carrying out control, monitoring and analysis in real time of our premises using online tools.
We give all our staff daily updates on the rules they must respect and conduct personal follow ups of those [...]

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    ALTEN Energías Renovables opens new photovoltaic plant in Spain, in El Casar (Alcarria)

ALTEN Energías Renovables opens new photovoltaic plant in Spain, in El Casar (Alcarria)

With a land area of 28.35 has. it has an array of 34,713 PV modules, each with a capacity of 375W.
It uses 479 solar trackers that follow the sun’s East-West trajectory, thereby increasing the plant’s production by 20%.
108 string inverters improve efficiency and make installation and subsequent maintenance easier, making it one of the pioneers in the use of this technology in Spain.
EUR 8 million has been invested in construction and commissioning the facilities.
Over 40 local firms have been involved in building the plant, which has provided employment to over 300 people.
By operating the plant, 11,873 Tns of carbon emissions, equivalent to 7,000 vehicles out of circulation, will be avoided.
Its production is equivalent to the average annual energy consumption of 7,300 homes.
The commissioning of this new plant is proof of ALTEN Energías Renovables’ interest in developing new PV projects in Spain.

Madrid, 9th October, 2019.- ALTEN Energías Renovables has today opened its new 13 MWp solar photovoltaic plant ALTEN El Casar in the municipality of El Casar, specifically on the Nava, La Hoyuela and La Cruz del Contadero plots, to the north of the national highway N-320, leading to the town of El Casar, and near the Valdelosllanos housing development.

The President of the Castile La Mancha regional government, Emiliano García-Page Sánchez, attended the opening ceremony, accompanied by the Minister of Employment, Migrations & Social Security, Magdalena Valerio and the Mayor of El Casar, Mª José Valle, among other authorities.

The new PV solar plant covers a land area of 283,411 square metres (28.35 has), divided into 10 plots with excellent solar resources. Construction was managed by the Ortiz Group, which completed the works in a record time of [...]

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    Cubico Sustainable Investments and ALTEN America sign up to a Community Investment Plan for schools in El Llano- Palo Alto

Cubico Sustainable Investments and ALTEN America sign up to a Community Investment Plan for schools in El Llano- Palo Alto

The companies’ goals are aligned with those of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 which seeks to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change, without leaving anyone behind.
The initial donation will be for MXN 218,201.63.
More than 70 children in the Nicolás Bravo and Benito Juárez primary schools, in Sandovales and El Moquete respectively, will be the first to benefit.
The Community Investment Plan signed by both companies is part of an Environmental & Social Management System (ESMS) for the area with short, medium and long-term goals focusing mainly on education, which will be reviewed every year.
Cubico and ALTEN America are supporting and reinforcing their links with the El Llano community, with which they have been in close contact for the two years that their photovoltaic projects in the area have been under construction.
The Solem I and Solem II power plants have a combined capacity of 350 MWp which will generate renewably sourced energy to supply electricity to over 100,000 homes in Mexico.
These projects have created more than 600 new local jobs, with peaks of 1,500 workers during the construction phase, most of them people from El Llano.

Mexico-Aguascalientes-Palo Alto 25th April 2019.- Cubico Sustainable Investments (”Cubico”) and ALTEN America have signed a Community Investment Plan for the short, medium and long term focusing primarily on education, that will be reviewed every year, with the purpose of improving the living standards of the Mexican population living in the El Llano-Palo Alto municipality, in Aguascalientes State.

This Community Investment Plan is part of both companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies, given that they intend to continue supporting the population of El Llano, as [...]

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    ALTEN Africa sponsors the second edition of Eldoret City Marathon in Kenya

ALTEN Africa sponsors the second edition of Eldoret City Marathon in Kenya

The Dutch company will sponsor the event, together with some of Kenya’s biggest firms, and other international companies including Stanbic Bank, Paramount Bank, Credit Group, Standard Group, Stabex International and Coca Cola.

By sponsoring this event, organised by the government of the state of Uasin on 21st April, ALTEN Africa is showing its commitment to the local population.

ALTEN Africa has recently begun construction work on a 40MWac photovoltaic plant in the municipality of Eldoret in the state of Uasin Gishu, which will represent 2% of the country’s installed capacity.

The new photovoltaic plant will produce an estimated total of 123.6 GWh / year.

It will be ALTEN Africa’s first utility scale project in Kenya and one of the largest solar power stations in East Africa

Madrid | Spain – Nairobi | Kenya, 21st April, 2019.- ALTEN Africa will sponsor the second edition of Eldoret City Marathon organized in Kenya by the Government of the state of Uasin Gishu, in the municipality of Eldoret. The race is 42,195Km, as well as a 5 km Corporate Fun Run, and will take place on 21st April, under the slogan “Promoting sport tourism & climate action”.

The Dutch company will sponsor the event, together with some of Kenya’s biggest firms, and other international companies including Stanbic Bank, Paramount Bank, Credit Group, Standard Group, Stabex International and Coca Cola.
By sponsoring this event, organised by the government of the state of Uasin on 21st April, ALTEN Africa is showing its commitment to the local population of the municipality of Eldoret where it has begun construction on a 40MWac photovoltaic plant. It will account for 2% of the installed capacity of a country with 45 million inhabitants which in recent years has become [...]

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    ALTEN Africa is on the shortlist to construct and operate a 5MW plant in Cape Verde

ALTEN Africa is on the shortlist to construct and operate a 5MW plant in Cape Verde

The company, based in Spain, has satisfied the demanding technical and financial requirements for this first round of bidding and is competing head-to-head with some of the biggest energy players in the world market.

Cape Verde has a 2018-2040 Energy Plan to meet 50% of the country’s energy needs with renewably sourced energy by 2030.

Madrid | Spain – 12 March, 2019.- ALTEN Africa has once again won a place on a shortlist for a construction, development and operating contract, with a total run time of 25 years, for a 5MW plant on the island of Boa Vista, the most easterly of the 10 islands in the Cape Verde archipelago and the third biggest in size, with a landmass of 620 Km2 (29 km long by 31 km wide) and 55 km of beaches. Its natural landscape and year-long warm climate make the island very popular with tourists.

A large number of companies bid for the tender, called by the Ministry for Industry, Trade & Energy of the Republic of Cape Verde. Of these, only 8 made it to the shortlist. As well as ALTEN Africa, these include Akuo Energy, Elmya/Disa and Voltalia.

The plant will be built on the north-west part of the island. If the bid is successful, it will be entirely financed by ALTEN Africa, with investment estimated at around USD 8M.

Commercial operations are scheduled to begin during 2021; with solar radiation of 1,860 kWh/m2, the plant is expected to account for around 3.5% of the country’s installed capacity.

Like other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Cape Verde has a 2018-2040 Energy Plan, that is designed to meet 50% of the country’s energy needs with renewably sourced energy by 2030, so this public tender can [...]

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    ALTEN Africa ratifies the choice of Voltalia to execute the EPC and O&M service for its new photovoltaic plant in Kenya

ALTEN Africa ratifies the choice of Voltalia to execute the EPC and O&M service for its new photovoltaic plant in Kenya

The plant, located in the state of Uasin Gishu, in the municipality of Eldoret, will have 40MWac installed capacity, accounting for 2% of the country’s total capacity.

The new photovoltaic plant will produce an estimated total of 123.6 GWh / year

ALTEN Africa has already informed the country incumbent, Kenya Power and Lighting Co | KPLC of its choice of the French company Voltalia to carry out the construction and operation & maintenance service on the plant.

Voltalia will start construction by December 2018.

Nairobi | Kenya December 13th , 2018.-ALTEN Energías Renovables has confirmed its choice of the French company Voltalia to carry out EPC and O&M service on its new PV solar power plant in Kenya. The new plant, located in the state of Uasin Gishu, in the municipality of Eldoret, the fifth largest city by population in Kenya, will produce 40MWac of power, accounting for 2% of the installed capacity in this country of 45 million inhabitants. Kenya has become East Africa’s main economic driver in recent years.

With a presence in over 18 countries and considerable experience in development, financing, EPC and Operation & Maintenance in renewable projects, Voltalia will start construction on this plant by December. This solar project is to be built on a land area of 100 hectares and will have over 161,000 monocrystalline panels set into solar single-axis trackers.

Once it goes into commercial operation, scheduled for March 2020, approximately 123.6GWh of clean electricity will be injected every year into the electric network, enough to meet the annual energy consumption needs of over 824,000 Kenyans. Thus, the plant will avoid the emission into the atmosphere of 33.88 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent every year of the [...]

Carlos Castellanos, CEO of ALTEN America: ALTEN America to triple its presence in Mexico over the next 4 years, to 1,000 MW installed capacity

ALTEN Energías Renovables positions itself strongly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, through its subsidiaries ALTEN Africa and ALTEN América

ALTEN Africa has just completed financing for its photovoltaic (PV) plant in Namibia; installed capacity will be 45.5 MWp with an output of 37 MWac, and investment forecast at US$70m. 

It will be one of the most efficient PV plants in the world because of the location’s extremely high irradiation levels and also the biggest in Sub-Saharan Africa (apart from South Africa). 

ALTEN América has begun construction in Aguascalientes (Mexico), on the Solem project, a 350 MWp PV plant that will supply the electricity needs of over 400,000 Mexicans. 

This plant, one of the biggest in Latin America, has purchasing contracts for power, energy and green energy certificates (GEC) granted by CFE in Mexico’s second long-term electricity tender, in September 2016. 

ALTEN Energías Renovables is completing financing on another 52 MWp in Kenya and has a strong pipeline of business, with over 800MW at various stages of development in these two regions, both in the so-called sun belt. 
The group has generated investment worth more than US$400m in total for its projects in Mexico (US$335m) and Namibia (US$70m). Financing for its PV plant in Kenya is complete, with a mandate to DEG, together with the Dutch company FMO and the French Proparco, subsidiary of the French development agency AFD, bringing ALTEN Energías Renovables’ investment in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America to over half a billion US dollars. 
The financial partners in its two subsidiaries, South Africa’s Inspired Evolution (in ALTEN Africa) and the Japanese consortium Sojitz Corporation (shareholders in ALTEN América), are involved in the company’s growth process. Cubico Sustainable Investments is the company’s financial partner in the Solem Mexican plant, with planned investment of US$ 335m.

 

Madrid, 14th March 2018.-  ALTEN [...]

ALTEN Africa completes financing in Namibia of one of the biggest solar PV plants in Sub-Saharan Africa

Located in the area around Mariental, installed capacity will be 45.5 MWp for an output of 37 MWac and the plant will be one of the most efficient in the world, due to the zone’s very high radiation levels. 

With an estimated annual production of 112 GWh, the plant will occupy 100 hectares and meet the energy needs equivalent to a population of 70,000 (over 3% of Namibia’s population).

Financing has been closed with South Africa’s Standard Bank and the subsidiary of Agence Française de Développement, Proparco for a sum north of US$50m. The electricity company NamPower and the local investors First Place, Mangrove and Talyeni are taking part in the project with ALTEN Africa.

 

Madrid|Spain – Windhoek|Namibia, 14 March, 2018.-  ALTEN Africa has achieved financial closure of what will be the biggest photovoltaic solar power plant in Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa (apart from South Africa), with installed capacity of 45.5 MWp for an output of 37 MWac, an investment forecast of US$70m and a useful life of over 25 years. The plant was put out for tender by NamPower, the country’s state-owned electricity company, which also holds a 19% stake. The power produced by the new plant will meet 3% of the country’s energy needs.

Financing has been closed with the South African Standard Bank and the he subsidiary of Agence Française de Développement, Proparco for a sum over US$50m.

ALTEN Africa has a majority stake (51%) in the investment vehicle (ALTEN Hardap), in which NamPower also has a stake (19%), together with local investors: First Place, Mangrove and Talyeni (30%) – led by eight Namibian women. They are professionals and businesswomen, aged between 35 and 55, who have seen in [...]