Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Solel to supply Ibereolica with solar receivers

Solel Solar Systems Ltd. has made its largest single sale of solar receiver technology -- a contract to supply more than 190,000 UVAC 2008 receiver systems to Ibereolica Solar SL, a Spanish parabolic trough solar thermal plant developer.

The receivers will power eight 50-megawatt solar power plants that Ibereolica is developing in southern Spain. Beit Shemesh-based Solel will begin deliveries of the solar receivers in 2009.

This is Solel's second large contract for solar receivers this month, with a combined value of over $250 million. Two weeks ago, the company signed a contract with a Spanish consortium, whose name was not released, for 70,000 receivers. Solel also recently announced plans to build in Andalusia a manufacturing facility for solar field components.

The UVAC 2008 provides solar power plant developers with the most advanced commercially tested technology for capturing sunlight and converting it to heat for clean power generation. Ibereolica's plants will include thermal heat storage so the heat from the solar receivers can be converted to electricity during evening hours.

Solel Solar president and CEO Avi Brenmiller said, "We are extremely proud of this very significant deal with Ibereolica, one of Spain's elite developers of clean energy. A growing number of renewable energy providers, in Spain and around the world, are choosing Solel's solar thermal technology because it is the best way to create maximum power from available sunshine."

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