* ProLogis, Recurrent Energy partner on solar project
* To build 4.8 megawatts of solar power in Spain
* ProLogis forms global renewable energy group
LOS ANGELES, Sept 29 Warehouse and distribution
facilities developer ProLogis (PLD.N) and Recurrent Energy will
team up develop 4.8 megawatts of solar power projects in Spain,
by the middle of 2010.
ProLogis said on Tuesday it will lease industrial rooftop
space in Barcelona and Madrid to power provider Recurrent
Energy, which will finance, own and operate the envisioned
solar systems and eventually sell the resultant power to local
Spanish utilities through a feed-in tariff.
Neither company revealed the financial terms of the deal.
The projects will be spread out over eight rooftops in the
two cities, with construction expected to start in a month and
slated to finish in the middle of 2010.
Recurrent Energy's chief executive, Arno Harris, said the
project -- where an established renewable energy developer
rents rooftops from a major real estate owner and uses the
space as a site -- could provide a model for future solar power
"We feel we've cracked the code on how to tap large
industrial roofs as solar sites," Harris said.
He pointed to challenges in developing solar rooftop
systems if projects were signed one at a time. Harris added
that the process became more efficient and scalable when there
is a single lease transaction that covers several rooftops and
a single arrangement to sell the power.
For its projects with ProLogis, Recurrent Energy will use
flexible thin-film solar laminates. Harris said that the
company has a pipeline of 500 MW of solar power projects --
each between 2 and 20 MW -- in development.
ProLogis also announced on Tuesday it had formed a global
renewable energy group to drive business, manage installations
and provide consultant services in its renewable energy
ProLogis has more than 450 million square feet of rooftop
space worldwide. And with the new project with Recurrent, the
company will have 11 MW of solar installations around the
(Reporting by Laura Isensee; Editing Bernard Orr)