SunEdison announced yesterday that it will be opening up the largest solar plant in Italy later this year. The American company is building the plant in Rovigo (near Venice) on an area as massive as 120 soccer fields and when it is complete, it will cover 9.15 million square feet and be able to produce 72 megawatts of power. According to SunEdison, the plant will be able to meet the electricity needs of 17,000 households and will prevent 41,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

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The plant will cost between $273 million and $342 million (200 million and 250 million euros) and is set to be fully operational by the end of the year. In a statement for SunEdison, general manager for Italy, Liborio Francesco Nanni said, “The photovoltaic park in Rovigo province is a milestone in the development and establishment of solar energy in Italy.”

When the Rovigo solar plant is complete, it will overtake the current biggest plant in Europe which is located in Spain. The second biggest is in Germany.

Via YahooGreen

Images are via Renewable AG Energy and are not of the actual plant in Rovigo.