With three new photovoltaic power plants, Italy increases the share of renewables in its energy mix. At the same time, the country’s largest manufacturing site takes up production.
The Adrano plant, in the Province of Catania, Sicily, the largest of them, has an installed capacity of 9 MW. The plant is located on the site where Enel created the world’s first concentrated solar power plant in 1981. The other two are the 4.8 MW San Gillio photovoltaic plant in the municipality of the same name in the Province of Torino and the 500 kW plant in Sesto Campano, in the Region of Molise, located in the upper Cesima basin of the Presenzano hydro plant.
Thanks to a total installed capacity of 14.3 MW, the three solar plants will generate 21 million kWh a year, enough to meet the annual energy needs of nearly 7,800 households, thus avoiding the emission of some 15,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere per year.
»Adrano was the site of Enel’s first foray into the field of solar energy when, at the time, the very idea seemed just like a pipe dream, so it is only fitting that Adrano will now be generating energy from the sun to meet the daily needs of all Italians.« Francesco Starace, Enel Green Power CEO.affirms: »Enel Green Power will forge ahead, pushing technology boundaries even further in order to enhance availability of increasingly competitive energy from renewable sources.«
A joint venture of Enel, Sharp and STMicroelectronics called 3Sun is bearing results as well. The Catania-based plant is supposed to deliver 160 MW and might be enhanced to 480 MW.