Repsol's first PV solar farm, Kappa, has been officially opened recently. Located in the town of Manzanares, in the central Spanish province of Ciudad Real, the farm represents an investment of €100 million and boasts a total installed capacity of 126.6 MW distributed across three plants. (Logo quoted from Yahoo’s image)


Two of these, Perseo Fotón I and Perseo Fotón II, are already operational, with a combined capacity of 90.5 MW. The third plant, Perseo Fotón III, is still under development. It will add another 36.1 MW when it comes online.


The new solar farm consists of 285,331 solar modules capable of supplying renewable power to 71,000 homes — around 177,500 persons. This will help avoid the emission of nearly 107,600 tons of CO2 each year, or the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide as that absorbed by 13.5 million trees.


The construction of Kappa has provided the region with a significant economic boost, creating 400 locally-sourced jobs throughout the various stages of development. More than half of the workers have come from the town of Manzanares and its surroundings.


Repsol's Executive Managing Director of Client and Low-Carbon Generation and chair of Repsol Electricidad y Gas, María Victoria Zingoni, participated in the inauguration ceremony at Kappa alongside the regional minister for Sustainable Development in Castile-La Mancha, José Luis Escudero, the mayor of the town of Manzanares, Julián Nieva, and other institutional representatives.


"This milestone represents yet another step toward our goal of becoming a net zero emissions company by 2050," María Victoria Zingoni said during the event. "It's an important project for the region of Castile-La Mancha, for Manzanares, and for Repsol, in an autonomous region where we foresee further development of our commitment to a multi-energy model," Zingoni added.


The new PV solar power farm in Manzanares serves to consolidate Repsol as a multi-energy leader in Castile-La Mancha and the province of Ciudad Real. Through its industrial complex in Puertollano, the company is already one of the primary drivers of economic growth in the region. As this complex evolves into a multi-energy hub in alignment with the company’s 2021–2025 Strategic Plan, Repsol plans to invest around €700 million in decarbonization and circular economy projects in Puertollano over the next five years. The company also boasts a network of over 300 service stations in Castile-La Mancha and more than 43,000 power and gas retail customers.