The Zaragoza plant in Figueruelas, owned by the Stellantis automobile consortium, the result of the merger between PSA and FCA, has one of the largest self-consumption projects in Spain, thanks to the Valencian company Prosolia Energy.
This company has invested 4.2 million euros under the modality of its Energy Management project portfolio. The facility has a 8,640 kWp photovoltaic park, with 19,200 photovoltaic modules on an area of more than 87,000 square meters, which will allow the emission of 2,221.05 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
These photovoltaic modules have been mounted on a fixed structure with an inclination of 20 degrees and are oriented to the south. In this way, they are arranged in 382 tables of 48 modules distributed in two rows of 24 modules and 36 tables of 24 modules distributed in rows of 12 modules.
Thus, the photovoltaic solar plant is capable of supplying 15% of the annual consumption of the Zaragoza plant in Figueruelas. In this way, Stellantis Zaragoza is capable of generating and obtaining its own “clean” energy, increasing its competitiveness in a context marked by the rise in electricity rates. At the same time, it fulfills its purpose of reducing carbon emissions, which in this case will amount to the planting of 13,300 trees.
The Valencian company carried out the construction of this project in 2020. As explained by the Prosolia Energy project manager and manager, Marcos Martínez, “it should be noted that the development of the execution has been a complete success” .
For his part, the director of the Zaragoza plant in Stellantis, Manuel Munárriz, has expressed his satisfaction with the photovoltaic solar plant, which, according to him, “is yet another proof of the commitment of the Zaragoza plant and Stellantis to the environment and with the reduction of emissions “.
In fact, Munárriz himself has acknowledged that there will be a second phase in which the photovoltaic park will be expanded in the southern area, while three wind turbines will be installed. All this with the aim of reaching between 35% and 40% of the annual consumption of the Aragonese plant.
The Aragonese factory produced a total of 391,071 vehicles in 2020, representing 78.2% of the plant’s capacity due to the pandemic. In addition, in its green factory strategy for 2030, it foresees that by then carbon dioxide emissions per vehicle will be 0, recover 100% of the waste it generates and have a water consumption of 0.93 cubic meters per vehicle.
The Figueruelas center is one of the three that the Franco-Italian-American consortium has in Spain. In each of them it produces an electric model, being the only manufacturer that produces an electric model in each factory. The Opel Crossland, Citroën C3 Aircross and Opel Corsa models are produced in Zaragoza, in its combustion and electric version. In fact, 12% of the Corsa that are assembled in Zaragoza are electric.