Port of Barcelona ZAL readies Europe’s largest rooftop photovoltaic park

Port of Barcelona ZAL readies Europe's largest rooftop photovoltaic park

CILSA has begun to place the first 8.2 megawatt peak (MWp) photovoltaic installation at ZAL Port on the roof of the current Decathlon warehouse.

Once all the photovoltaic installations planned for the ZAL Port are in operation, the installed power will be 40 MWp, generating energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,250 people. 

The ZAL Port, the Port of Barcelona’s intermodal logistics platform, will have the largest rooftop photovoltaic park in Europe. 

The project will be carried out in phases until 2026 and is part of an attempt to protect the environment and improve the efficient use of natural resources.

The first step to build this large rooftop photovoltaic park was taken this week with the start of the installation of solar panels on the warehouse occupied by Decathlon. 

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This facility, spanning 91,692 square metres, is designed for shared self-consumption. It features 19,846 panels, providing a peak power of 8.2 MWp and an estimated annual production of 9,862.65 megawatt hour (MWh). This production capacity is comparable to the energy consumption of approximately 8,493 people.

This first photovoltaic installation amounts to an investment of around €6 million ($6.5 million) and will entail a notable environmental benefit, since it will allow emissions savings of 2,465 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The second step within this CILSA plan to convert the ZAL Port into an self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable logistics hub that will consist of the installation of solar panels in different warehouses in the ZAL Prat capable of reportedly guaranteeing 100 per cent of the energy consumption of this entire area. 

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Subsequently, the necessary facilities will be built to supply 100 per cent of the energy consumed in the ZAL Port. Finally, panels will be installed in practically the entire logistics hub, which will not only supply 100 per cent of the energy consumed in the entire logistics centre but will also generate green energy for consumption by of the Port Community and the Port of Barcelona itself.

Once all the photovoltaic installations planned for the ZAL Port come into operation, CILSA will have installed 40 megawatts (MW) of power and estimates that 50,000 MWh of electricity will be generated per year, the equivalent of the annual consumption of 41,250 people. 

In November, the Port of Barcelona and Novarium, the Quebec-based innovation hub dedicated to the blue economy, signed a collaboration agreement.

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