Adding to its already healthy portfolio of developments in the country, SunPower has signed an agreement to construct seven solar power plants in the Sicily region of Italy. SunPower will supply and install the modules and tracker systems for the 16.5MW project, which is being undertaken in cooperation with Sol.In.Build Srl, a majority owned subsidiary of Veronagest SpA.
The site expands across 63 hectares, upon which the seven plants will be constructed, ranging in size from 1MW to 3.5MW, in the Sicilian municipalities of Cerami, Licata, Caltanissetta, Calamonaci, Mussomeli and Cammarata.
Construction of the plants is scheduled for completion in September 2010, and is being funded by several Italian and international banks including Societe Generale, Unicredit Medio Credito Centrale and Dexia.
“High-efficiency SunPower technology at these sites will minimize land use and maximize the amount of reliable, emission-free solar power generated per hectare, which is one of the priorities of Veronagest and the Sicily region,” said SunPower Vice President Gian Maria Ferrero. “This is the largest solar project to be financed in Italy this year, which underscores financier confidence in SunPower’s technology and experience.”