Acciona Energy, an alternative energy company based out of Spain, can boast about its reputation for building clean technologies, and lots of them. They are the world leader in wind power, totalling 5,300MW in 192 separate wind parks, and built the first modern concentrating solar plant in the US, the Nevada Solar One (pictured above), to date the 3rd largest in the world, and they keep expanding. They announced today that they are planning on building 2 solar thermal plants in Cordoba, Spain, each with a capacity of 50MW, entering into service in 2010, and costing 500 million euros (roughly $850 million). The two facilities will produce an amazing 224 million KWh per year, the equivalent of 75,000 homes.
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written by Jozef, May 10, 2008
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