The 100-megawatt plant - to be built in Spain by ACS and Solar Millenium - is expected to be the largest in the world.
ACS, the first Spanish building and public works group, has announced that it plans to join forces with the German firm Solar Millenium to build the largest solar thermal power plant in the world in Guadix, in Andalusia (south).
"The solar thermal power plant project is in development and depends on the authorization of administrations," AFP source from the ACS group, chaired by Real Madrid football club president Florentino Perez, told AFP.
It is a plant "generating electrical energy from transformers that collect sunlight" which is expected to be "the largest in the world in terms of energy produced", according to the same source, which however refused to specify the power and the cost thereof, as well as the exact participation of ACS in the project and its opening date.
According to the Spanish economic daily Cinco Dias, the capacity of the plant will be 100 megawatts, distributed in two groups of 50 megawatts each. The project, costing around 500 million euros, should be operational in 2006, the daily reports.
According to sources close to the project cited by Cinco Dias, the plant will supply 180.000 homes and avoid the emission of 157.000 tonnes of CO2 (carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere each year.