Rome, Italy [RenewableEnergyWorld.com]
A factory in Italy that used to produce refrigerators will be transformed into a facility that will manufacture solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbine blades. The factory was recently transferred from Swedish manufacturer Electrolux to Italian company Energia Futura. Though the transformation will see jobs at the plant cut from 450 to 370, Electrolux originally planed to close the facility all together.
According to the European Wind Energy Association, Italy holds approximately 5% of wind market in the European Union and less than 1% of the European PV market according to SolarBuzz. These figures however are expected to rise as Italy’s feed-in tariff takes hold and helps the markets grow.