Milan, Italy [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] SunPower Corporation began construction this month on a 1-megawatt (MW) solar electric power plant in Mesagne, Comune di Brindisi, Italy. SunPower designed and is building the plant, which is owned by Bluenergia S.r.l. The project is being financed through a leasing agreement with Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, and is expected to be completed early next year.
SunPower is installing the its T20 Tracker technology on the 2.3-hecatre site. This is the first power plant in Italy to use the T20 Tracker. Bluenergia and SunPower have plans to begin construction on an additional 1 MW solar system using T20 technology in Copertino, Puglia region, later this year.
“We are pleased to partner with Bluenergia to deliver clean, reliable solar power in Italy,” said Luca Bandini, general manager of SunPower Italia. “The SunPower T20 Tracker follows the movement of the sun during the day, increasing sunlight capture by up to 30 percent over conventional fixed-tilt systems, while significantly reducing land use requirements. The Tracker sits above the ground, eliminating the need for ground penetration and reducing construction time and environmental impacts.”
SunPower has installed more than 550 MW of large-scale solar power systems globally, including more than 200 MW of power plants in Europe.