Atitlan Helios, a Valencian business group in the energy sector, has presented to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge the project to build a photovoltaic plant in the municipalities of Monóvar and Salinas, in the province of Alicante. In this way, the project, called “FV MONOVER of 116 MW” and promoted through the merchant Vulpes Velox Invest, SL., has requested the Prior Administrative Authorization and the corresponding Environmental Impact Assessment.
The construction of this project foresees an investment of more than 62 million euros, taking into account the budget for the material execution of the plant and its evacuation infrastructures, which will mean a economic injection for municipal coffers of the town councils of Monóvar and Salinas of around 4 million euros in construction taxes, fees and canon, in addition to other taxes associated with the operation that will be paid annually throughout the useful life of the facility.
The photovoltaic solar plant will generate 230 GWh annually, that is, the average annual consumption of more than 70,000 Spanish households, and will prevent the emission into the atmosphere of more than 88,000 tons of CO2, equivalent to the planting of 300,000 trees.
The energy generated at the plant will be evacuated at the Novelda electrical substation, owned by Red Eléctrica de España, through evacuation infrastructures shared with other developers who have access and connection permits in this same substation, thus minimizing the environmental impact of the infrastructures necessary for connection.
It should also be noted that the support structure of the photovoltaic modules of this plant it will go directly to the ground, which in this area has an excellent orography for this type of facilities. In this way, the use of concrete and earthworks will be practically nil, guaranteeing the colonization of the entire land by wild vegetation.
Support for local employment and the natural environment
It is estimated that the construction of the facilities will employ more than 600 people between direct and indirect positions, likewise, local employment will be promoted, with the support of the municipalities.
Atitlan thus maintains the commitment to generate a positive impact in those territories where its facilities are located, both in the territory and in its citizens. That is why, as a previous step to define the site and the path of the evacuation infrastructures, the company has held various work meetings with the town councils involved.
As a result of these meetings, specific initiatives have emerged for this project, such as the acquisition of the vineyard rights of some plots and the commitment to transfer them to local farmers and wineries, as the wine industry is one of the main economic engines in the area.
Likewise, during the last two years all the necessary studies have been carried out to assess the proper location of the facilities: Environmental Impact Study with its respective Annual Inventory of Avifauna, as well as Flood, Geotechnical and Archaeological Heritage studies. In this way, the project complies with European and national regulations, aimed at promoting the development of clean and renewable energy projects that replace traditional energy, an option that today 85% of Spaniards are inclined, especially now, due to the continued increase in the price of electricity and its consequences on family and business economies.
In addition to the usual compensatory measures that Atitlan implements in all its projects, such as the establishment of plant screens to minimize the visual impact, the reforestation with native vegetation with more than 18,000 species units, the implantation of nest boxes, insect hotels and rabbit pits, among others, the burial of 2,300 meters is proposed. from the evacuation line as it passes between the Les Pedrisses and Betíes mountain ranges, as this is an area regularly frequented by citizens. Likewise, with a view to the future dismantling of the facilities, a strategy will be established to agriculturally regenerate the soils, already too degraded by excessive agricultural exploitation.
In the next few months, Atitlan will resume working meetings with local administrations and citizens in order to analyze possible complementary activities with the exploitation of the photovoltaic installation, such as organic livestock, beekeeping or the cultivation of aromatic herbs, whose concession will be granted to local companies .