SunEdison To Build 72-MW Plant in Italy

SunEdison, a division of MEMC Electronic Materials Inc, received final approval from the Italian government this week to develop and build a 72-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar power plant in Northeastern Italy, near the town of Rovigo. When completed, this is expected to be the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Europe.

SunEdison will jointly develop the project with financing partner Banco Santander. Additional financial partners are expected to join the project for final ownership. Power generation will begin in the second half of 2010 with final completion expected by year end.

“A critical element of our approach is working closely with the right partners,” said Pancho Perez, general manager for Europe and MENA region at SunEdison, “including developers, suppliers and contractors. For the Rovigo project, we selected Isolux Corsán, a large-scale infrastructure construction company with a strong track record in utility-scale solar plants.”

At 72 MW, this solar-power plant is expected to be the largest in Europe. Currently, the largest facility is a 60 MW solar farm in Olmedilla, Spain, followed by a 50 MW in Strasskirchen, Germany, built by MEMC through a joint venture agreement.

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