Aura Power is working on a solar farm proposal at Casal de Cortica, Leiria, with a capacity of 18MW. This solar farm will generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of around 20,000 homes, saving around 3,800 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere each year.
Solar Farms not only increase the supply of clean power, but as solar is the lowest cost form of new energy generation, it will also help to reduce national power prices.
Construction is now underway and commissioning is anticipated in February 2024.
Site selection and discussions with landowners commenced.
Capacity was secured at auctions.
Production licences were secured.
Secured construction licences from Leiria Council.
Consulting with the local community to understand and address any concerns
Construction of the solar farm is due to commence
Estimated figure is calculated using Pordata consumption statistics 2020 which reports an average domestic consumption per household in Portugal of 1,325 kwh
Estimated figure calculated using the Statista.com Gas Conversion of 0.207 Tonnes Carbon/MWh.
Estimated figure calculated using an average mileage of 9435 miles per year and an average power consumption of 2,887 kWh (Electric Vehicle Database 2021)
Listening to the views of local people is important to us and we invite you to engage with us so that we can help address any concerns.
Please contact us using the contact form at the bottom of this page and a member of the project team will get in touch.
We have been undertaking several environmental and visual surveys to help inform our design so far. Our proposal offers several ecological and local benefits, along with continued agricultural use, with sheep being able to graze beneath the panels.
Our aim is to design the solar farm appropriately and as sensitively as possible to the surroundings, whilst maximising the generation of clean energy.
The area where we are building the project brings many benefits as we are reducing the forest fire risk at an area densely packed with Eucalyptus. This region is industrial in nature so the impact during the operational period will be negligible.
Indicative site location shown to the left– click to enlarge.
We have been working with landowners at this site since March 2018 and at the end of November, we secured the construction license from Leiria Council. The licensing efforts started immediately after securing grid capacity in July 2019. Although not required by law, we will engage with the local community in the coming months in order to ensure that any perceived concerns are clarified. The DNO grid connection works at the Azóia substation are complete and this Project proved particularly challenging due to the fragmented nature of the land necessary to accommodate all the required infrastructure. Construction is due to begin in early January 2023.
Your feedback is very important to us. Please leave a comment and one of our project team will get back to you as soon as possible.