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Lightsource bp receives first ‘green light’ to advance large-scale solar project in Portugal

Lightsource bp has received its first positive Environmental Impact decision on one of its advanced large-scale solar projects in Portugal.

The Paiva solar project is being developed in partnership with municipalities and local communities. When constructed, it will provide a total power output of over 260 Megawatts-Peak, enough sustainable power for over 100,000 local homes annually.

The study concluded that the project will bring positive impacts to:

  • The environment
  • Job creation in the region
  • Diversification of the country’s energy sources
  • Support the country’s commitments to renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Lightsource bp’s investment into this project extends beyond solar development to include supporting local services, improvements to infrastructure, biodiversity management and preservation, promotion of cultural heritage and development of local community initiatives.

Visit our featured projects page or download our How Solar Works brochure to find out more about how utility-scale solar can help promote local biodiversity and contribute towards economic growth.

About Lightsource bp in Portugal

Advancing climate goals and the green hydrogen agenda

Lightsource bp first announced its move into Iberia in 2018, opening an office in Lisbon with a local team in 2019. Under the leadership of Country Head, Miguel Lobo, the team in Portugal have built a project development pipeline of 1500MW and continue to explore further opportunities.

The team are also in active partnership with Portuguese gas utility Dourogás, and have agreed a unique green hydrogen joint venture to invest in solar and hydrogen infrastructure in Portugal.

Read our Portugal news features

Introducing our green hydrogen partnership with Dourogás

Lightsource bp makes 900million solar investment in Portugal

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