WSP was contracted to conduct a feasibility study, prepare detailed designs and provide construction supervision for El Coronil IV and El Coronil V, the first two agro-energy greenhouses built in Andalucia and the only such facilities in Europe.
The Coronil solar greenhouses combine the functionality of an agricultural facility with that of a photovoltaic (PV) installation on its roof. The greenhouse interior contains all the elements required for indoor cultivation while a completely independent PV installation positioned on the roof converts light to electricity.
At El Coronil IV, 4,464 240-watt PV modules were installed on a 16,500 square-meter roof surface. With a nominal capacity of 1 MW and a peak capacity of 1.2 MW, the PV installation can yield an estimated output of 1,787,134 kWh annually--enough to meet the annual energy demands of more than 450 homes and save more than 700 tons of CO2 emission every year.
At El Coronil V, 2,880 280-watt PV modules were installed on an 11,550 square-meter roof surface. With a nominal capacity 0.7 MW, the PV installation can yield an estimated output of 1,250,994 kWh per year--enough to meet the annual energy demands of more than 315 homes and save more than 490 tons of CO2 emission every year.