Enel Green Power breaks ground on 86-MW solar project in Italy
Solar panels. Source: Enel Green Power (www.enelgreenpower.com).
Enel Green Power, the renewables arm of Italian utility group Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL), has started works to build a 86-MW solar farm in the Piedmont region, north-west Italy.
The new facility will occupy some 130 hectares (321 acres) of land adjacent to Enel’s former Galileo Ferraris power plant in the municipality of Trino, the group said on Friday. The solar farm will feature close to 160,000 modules.
Also part of the project is a 25-MW electrochemical energy storage system that Enel Green Power intends to install at the site to provide ancillary services to the grid.
Once up and running, the solar farm will be capable of producing around 130 GWh per year. According to Enel, it will be one of the largest solar power plants in Northern Italy.
“A strategic project for the area has finally seen the light of day. It is quite a remarkable feat, especially given the current energy crisis,” commented Daniele Pane, the mayor of Trino. “The start of construction comes despite all the red tape involved with authorization processes, which unfortunately is the norm in our country but that we hope that the Italian government will be able to do something about.”
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