Tokyo, Japan [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Mitsubishi Electric has completed a 2.9-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic installation for Coop’s new CNNA-Prato logistic center in Prato, Italy. Of the 15,710 lead-free solder PV modules used for the 2,906-kilowatt (kW) system, 15,650 modules have been installed on the warehouse roof, covering a surface of 21,000 square meters, equivalent to 5 soccer fields.
The system will reduce dependence on non-renewable energy, and is expected to generate 3.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, which will meet the energy needs of the new logistic center, but will also generate an estimated amount of 500,000 kWh excess electricity that will be transferred to the national distribution network.
The installation on the warehouse roof has become the largest rooftop PV system on a single building in Italy, Mitsubishi said.
The warehouse roof was specially designed for PV installations, given that rooftop installations in Italy receive a higher feed-in-tariff rate than those on the ground, and effectively use space. In addition to the rooftop system, an 11 kilowatt system of 60 PV modules has been installed on the parking lot grounds.