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Solar module manufacturer Upsolar has completed building a 1MW PV project in Portopalo di Capopassero, Sicily, with the help of its local EPC partner Ferplant, a subsidiary of mondoPower.

As reported by our sister site Design Build Solar, the project consists of four rooftop PV systems which utilize UP-S190M monocrystalline modules supplied by Upsolar. These modules are mounted on Solrif BIPV frames, which feature sections that interlock horizontally to simplify system installation and maintenance through individual module removal and replacement.

“The combination of Upsolar’s top quality modules and Solrif’s innovative design enabled us to streamline an otherwise complex set of rooftop PV systems and complete our installation in record time,” said Emanuele Buscaglione, CEO of mondoPower. “Additionally, the product qualifies the systems for the strongest available government incentives, further accelerating the return on investment.”

PV installations featuring these modules are recognized by Gestore Servizi Elettrici as an innovative integrated system and qualify for the highest feed-in tariff rates under Italy’s fourth and fifth Conto Energia incentive programmes.

The fifth Conto Energia programme came into force at the end of August and offers less attractive subsidies than the previous programme. With an allocated budget of €6.7 billion for the latest programme, just €242 million currently remains. Once the cap has been hit, the Italian government will not offer any more subsidies for solar projects.

Despite this, Upsolar believes that Italy still presents solar opportunities. Anne Torricelli, Senior Europe Sales Manager at Upsolar said: “The Italian market is one of the most promising regions for renewable energy growth across Europe, and the success of our Solrif-framed modules in the country speaks volumes to the product’s system-enhancing capabilities.”