Italy Gets Largest Single-Operating PV Solar Farm in Europe

Italy is not a leading renewable energy country in Europe, lagging behind other southern European nations such as Spain and Portugal. But an announcement made this week may be the sign of a change to come.

The news was released by SunEdison, a global solar energy provider. The company said it has successfully interconnected a 70MW photovoltaic power plant near Rovigo, a town in the northeast of Italy. The project took nine months to complete.

“With construction completion in less than one year, we believe this deployment signifies a new milestone for the industry and will become the standard for future mega projects,” said Carlos Domenech, SunEdison’s president.

The Rovigo solar plant is expected to generate energy to power more than 16,500 homes and prevent the emission of more than 40,000 tons of CO2. That would equal removing 8,000 cars from the road.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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