Enel to use 25MW of flexible a-Si thin film substrates on major rooftop installation

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Enel Green Power will use flexible amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film substrates totalling 25MW on rooftop installations of buildings owned by Interporto Campano and CIS, which both collaborate in the logistics industries. Upon completion in 2010, the projects would become some of the largest PV rooftop installations and the largest using flexible thin film.

Enel plans more rooftop projects in 2010, including Europe and the U.S. The project will be owned by Enel Green Power and is to be built in the town of Nola, in the Province of Naples, Italy on commercial and logistics properties, with full integration with the existing architecture and benefiting from the attractive BIPV FiT program in the country.

“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with such key organisations as Interporto Campano and Centro Ingrosso Sviluppo Campania. This agreement will enable Enel Green Power to build one of the largest roof-top photovoltaic plants in the world, at a logistics centre of enormous importance to Southern Italy and an example of excellence at the international level”, said Francesco Starace, Chairman of Enel Green Power.”

He added: “The realization of this project, which will be replicated in other logistics centres both in Italy and in Europe and the United States, will help significantly increase Enel Green Power’s installed photovoltaic capacity at the national level, confirming our position as a leader in the development of solar power resources in Italy.”

“With the signing of this agreement with Enel Green Power”, remarked Carlo Calenda, General Manager of Interporto Campano, “we have reached the fundamental objective of a substantially neutral energy balance, since the Enel plant can generate about 90% of all the electricity consumed by CIS and Interporto Campano.”

Calenda also noted that bids were submitted for the project and chose Enel and the flexible thin film technology because the companies shared a ‘strategic vision that goes beyond the individual project.’

At time of posting, the supplier of the flexible thin film technology had not been identified.

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