OPEL International has unveiled this PV power plant to potential customers in a four-day early summer preview event.

OPEL International built this installation with its Mk-I high concentration (HC) PV panels mounted on dual axis trackers. The combination of OPEL International’s HCPV panels and precision dual axis trackers results in a higher power production per unit of land (acre/hectare) than silicon or thin film flat panels with a potential to increase photovoltaic yields by up to 40%. The balance of the installation is expected to be done during the third quarter of 2009. When the project is fully completed, it will supply electricity to over 350 households.

“We are pleased to have hosted potential customers enthused to see OPEL’s HCPV system because they can experience first-hand HCPV and its ability to have a major impact on the future of solar technology across European, African and other global markets,” said Robert Pico, chief executive officer of OPEL International.

“Being able to visit BETASOL’s solar grid farm and to see OPEL’s HCPV panels mounted on dual axis trackers vividly demonstrated that advanced HCPV technology is ready now to deliver scalable electric power,” said Laurent Pignol, responsable montage et financement de projets for CARI Construction Services Compris.

“We at BETASOL are very pleased to unveil this project for potential customers and investors to witness the deployment of renewable solar electricity to the power grid using HCPV, one of the most advanced solar technologies in the world today,” said Jesus Cabetas, managing director of BETASOL. “Our partnership with OPEL is an outstanding success. Visitors can see the system’s efficiency using HCPV panels on dual axis trackers, thus making the rate of return provided by the Spanish feed-in tariff structure even more attractive to investors.”

According to the firm, OPEL International’s concentrating solar PV Mk-I HCPV panel design concentrates light from the sun more than 500 times. This technology has conversion efficiencies up to twice those of silicon flat plate solar panels and more than three times that of thin film solar panels.