E.ON is on track to cut the ribbon at two new crystalline silicon photovoltaic installations in north-west Sardinia by the end of 2011.
Fiume Santo 2 (FS2) and 5 (FS5) will be the sixth and seventh PV plants developed by the German-based power company in the last 18 months, and have a combined capacity of 29.6MW, which is enough to meet the annual average needs of about 20,000 households.
“I am delighted that we have successfully commissioned, in the last nine months, five PV ground-farms in France and Italy, with a combined capacity of 23.6MW,” E.ON's head of solar PV Christophe Jurczak said. “With the completion of FS2 and FS5 at the end of 2011, we will have built a European PV portfolio with a capacity of more than 60MW, delivering on our commitment to supply ‘cleaner and better energy’.”
E.ON will invest €2.6 billion in renewable generation and climate protection projects from 2011 to 2013.
The construction of the two Italian plants proceeded after an agreement with the Sardinian Regional Authority to contribute to the environmentally sustainable development of the Porto Torres area until 2014.
One hundred residents have been involved in construction since July.