Fustiñana, Spain [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Spanish solar photovoltaic multinational, the OPDE Group is set to sign an agreement with the regional government of Piedmont in Italy for the construction of 17 solar facilities in the period 2009-2010 with a combined capacity of some 75 MW.
Under the terms of the contract the OPDE Group – comprising the companies OPDE, Mecasolar, Proinso and Rios – will see the start up of an operations and maintenance centre, photovoltaic systems and the assembly of Mecasolar trackers and structures; as well as the creation of a Logistics and Research Centre for photovoltaic energy in the region.
The project will involve three phases, from October 2009 to December 2010, and the facilities will be located in the provinces of Cuneo, Asti and Alessandria.
The first, planned to be completed in early 2010 – provides the implementation of seven PV installations with a combined capacity of 31 MW and at an investment cost of some €150 million. These plants will be located at:
- Fossano (Cuneo) with 5.6 MW
- Ceva Lesegno (Cuneo) with 7.3 MW
- Bubbio (Asti) with 5.3 MW
- Quattordio (Alessandria) with 1.9 MW
- Casale Monferrato (Alessandria) with 1.9 MW
- Rosignano Monferrato (Alessandria) with 5.0 MW
- Quargnento (Alessandria) with 4.0 MW
The second phase will take place in 2010 with the construction of a further 10 plants with an installed capacity of 45 MW, representing an investment of €170 million.
The third phase will focus on collaboration with technology centres and universities to launch a Centre for Research on Photovoltaic Solar Energy.