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PortAventura World to install solar energy plant

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PortAventura World is installing a large solar energy plant to supply energy to the whole resort. The 100,000-square-metre project will launch in spring 2020.

The $6 million (€5.4m, £4.9m) photovoltaic power plant will be made up of 22,000 modules and will be the largest self-consumption photovoltaic plant in a European resort.

Situated close to the resort, the plant will be the size of 14 football pitches, with an installed capacity of 8.5 MWp.

One third of PortAventura World’s electricity will come from solar energy, with the plant powering the theme park, water park and leisure complex.

Solar plant will be the size of 14 football pitches

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The plant will stop 4,000 tonnes of CO2 every year from being emitted into the atmosphere – equivalent to the amount of CO2 that would be absorbed by 930,000 trees.

“The solar park is a project that acts as a lever to promote change towards a more sustainable and responsible world,” said Fernando Aldecoa, MD of PortAventura World.

“This vision allows us to remain at the forefront and continue to be leaders in sustainability amongst international tourist destinations.”

PortAventura World recently opened its first zero-emission, carbon-neutral hotel, Colorado Creek. The company is attempting to minimise its environmental footprint.

PortAventura World minimising environmental footprint

PortAventura World Colorado Creek hotel

Previously, PortAventura World announced plans to eliminate plastics in the resort by 2020 as part of its continued drive towards a more sustainable future.

Earlier this year, Europe’s first dark ride inspired by Sesame Street, called Street Mission, launched at PortAventura World.

Images: PortAventura World

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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