Large utility-scale solar making inroads in Italy and Germany

Large utility-scale solar making inroads in Italy and Germany

Large utility-scale solar PV plants are advancing in densely populated European economies such as Italy and Germany, where so far smaller plants had prevailed.

In Italy, Danish developer European Energy has grid connected what it claims to be Italy’s largest photovoltaic plant, a 103MW array near Foggia in the southern region of Apulia.

“Italy is an important market for us. We are ready to invest approx. €800m ($898m) in the next 5 years to develop other projects in Italy, where the sunny days and overall climate conditions make a Dane like me envious,” European Energy chief executive Knud Erik Andersen said.

The company’s head of project development in Italy, Alessandro Migliorini, added that the solar plant is 50% more efficient than a similar park with 5-year-old technology, meaning “it will produce more energy in less space, reducing its footprint and landscape impact.”

Subsidy-free in Germany

In Germany, meanwhile, utility EnBW has received 18,000 modules from Chinese manufacturer Trina Solar for the 187MW Weesow-Willmersdorf array north of Berlin, which when it is completed by the end of this year will be the country’s largest, and also the largest without subsidies.

“We believe that we have a number of different options for marketing the electricity,” said Thorsten Jörß, head of project development for photovoltaics at EnBW.

The utility said it could be supplied to distribution customers or sold either on the market or as part of one or more…

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