Milan, Italy [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] SunPower Corp. and Sol.In.Build Srl, a majority owned subsidiary of Veronagest SpA announced an agreement to build seven solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants totaling 16.5 megawatts (MW) in the Sicily region of Italy. Located on a combined total of 63 hectares, the seven plants will range in size from one to 3.5 MW, and will be complete by September 2010. Up to 50 jobs are expected to be created during construction.
The construction will be financed by a pool of leading Italian and international banks including Societe Generale, Unicredit MedioCredito Centrale and Dexia. The seven power plants will be built in the Sicilian municipalities of Cerami, Licata, Caltanissetta, Calamonaci, Mussomeli and Cammarata.
At all of the Sol.In.Build sites, SunPower will install SunPower panels, the most efficient solar panels commercially available, on fixed-tilt system technology and SunPower T0 Tracker systems. Fixed tilt systems will be used in areas with steep slopes and uneven terrain to optimize land use in those areas.
“SunPower’s high-efficiency solar technology makes sense for these projects because it can be constructed quickly anywhere, including on the very sloped terrain at some of these sites,” said Veronagest Chief Executive Officer Alberto Malagodi. “As a result, we will optimize energy production, helping to meet our financial objectives and Italy’s renewable energy goals.”