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Licences issued for solar farms in Lagoa, Bensafrim and Alcoutim

pvThe Secretary of State for Energy has given the go-ahead for six solar power farms in the Algarve and Alentejo, an aggregated investment of €206 million. 

These solar panel farms will produce electricity from sunlight and are to be paid for by Hyperion Energy Investments for the plants in Ferreira do Alentejo, Bensafrim and Moura, by Goldiport Solar in Lagoa and by Goldnalco in Alcoutim.

The tourism-friendly municipality of Lagoa gets the biggest solar farm, to the distress of those who will end up overlooking it.

When these projects were last announced in March 2017, remember that any positive investment news gets at least two announcements, Secretary of State, Jorge Seguro Sanches, said that some of these were existing old projects so would qualify for the full taxpayer subsidy for renewable energy - a scheme that no longer exists.

Left Bloc MPs, João Vasconcelos and Jorge Costa, rightly spotted at that time that this it was hardly fair that already wealthy business people should be subsidised by the Portuguese taxpayer. Questions were raised in parliament.

Hyperion Energy Investments SICAV P.L.C. may be controlled by Hyperion Energy Investments SGPS, S.A., based in Malta, for reasons best known to the directors and their tax advisors. Goldnalco seems not to exist as a coroprate entity and Goldiport Solar,  based in Algés, was set up in April 2017 and has a social capital of just €1,000

The Hyperion Eneregy Investments project in Bensafrim, Lagos, is contolled by Pedro Bastos Rezende and João Talone, the latter being a former chief executive of EDP who knows the 'ins and outs' of these ‘money-for-nothing’ subsidy systems for solar projects. Talone also led a project to redesign and restructure the whole Portuguese energy sector so it is presumed that he knows anyone worth knowing when it comes to the licence application process.

But today’s announcement stated that these new energy plants will not attract taxpayer subsidies.

The government’s stated view is to "promote the decentralised production of renewable energy, without the need for subsidies, either for self-consumption or for sale to the network at market prices."

It was a shock last year to find that old projects that had been sat on for years, still qualified for these taxpayer-funded subsidies. What now is more surprising is that the new licences do not carry subsidies and the companies involved have said nothing - in public anyway.

This all points to a deal having been done by Seguro Sanches and the companies involved - companies which, quite legally, should have received tens of millions of euros of State subsidy over the lifetime of their solar farms.

Why these solar farms have to be in the Algarve remains one of life’s mysteries. The Alentejo is almost totally devoid of people and is crying out for investment.

The Algarve "does not have the space for hundreds of hectares of solar panels" according to one irate Bensafrim local, adding that "property owners are painfully aware of the drop in house prices in the immediate vicinity of these plants, yet there's nothing we can do."

Comments  

0 #8 Ed 2018-01-14 16:23
Quoting M a r I e:
Another 'toll' deal done at the expense of the Taxpayer 'pay for schemes that go on for years at Taxpayers expense' the officials in government who give the ok for these type of seals to Capitalists should have to pay out of their own pockets 'Not the Taxpayer '. I heard that the Chinese were interested in a solar farm near Alcoutim. Who is the parent company behind these projects.


Hyperion Energy Investment Fund SICAV P.L.C. is based in Malta.
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-1 #7 M a r I e 2018-01-14 15:49
Another 'toll' deal done at the expense of the Taxpayer 'pay for schemes that go on for years at Taxpayers expense' the officials in government who give the ok for these type of seals to Capitalists should have to pay out of their own pockets 'Not the Taxpayer '. I heard that the Chinese were interested in a solar farm near Alcoutim. Who is the parent company behind these projects.
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+1 #6 Ed 2018-01-14 14:07
Quoting Denby:
Business people have the capital to invest in this size of projects and they should be entitled to the benefits.

But, quitre rightly, no longer entitled to taxpayer subsidies.
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0 #5 Denby 2018-01-14 12:22
Business people have the capital to invest in this size of projects and they should be entitled to the benefits.
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+5 #4 Nick A 2018-01-12 23:40
If only Portugal had a scheme for private individuals to input excess solar energy into the grid. My property would generate electricity for 5 months of the year when I'm elsewhere on the globe.
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+5 #3 mj1 2018-01-12 19:44
is it possible to tell us (with a map) where these solar farms will be
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+3 #2 liveaboard 2018-01-12 19:12
Alentejo is devoid of power consumers too. Transmission losses are significant, so the closer a power supply is to the consumer, the greater the efficiency; and profit.
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0 #1 Jack Reacher 2018-01-12 18:09
This is the price we are going to have to pay to satisfy those renewable energy activists who want to see the countryside buried under solar panels and hills awash with turbines. The Algarve doesn't have the land space for small scale energy production. Yet again we see there is no masterplan for the Algarve, just piecemeal adhoc development where people see fit.
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