€62 million renewable energy centre goes bust

Government cutbacks cause second public R&D office to close this month

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The solar energy relay constructed by CTAER in the desert at Tabernas

By David Jackson

A renewable energy investigation centre in Tabernas launched by the regional government with much fanfare in 2009 is on the verge of bankruptcy, according to reports.

Funding cuts to the non-profit organisation means the CTAER centre for advanced renewable energy techniques, located next to the international solar power research centre in the desert, is unable to pay salaries to 35 staff with some complaining they have not been paid since last November.

The news comes shortly after the centre for advanced stone technology (CTAP) in Macael announced its closure. CTAP claims that €3.6 million owed to the centre by the regional government has not been paid.

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