Gallery: Largest Solar Plant in Europe Set to Open in Italy

 

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.

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.

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5 Comments

  1. shanemiller April 1, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Oh that is really cool man..Such a huge solar power plant in italy is gonna fulfill a lot of energy requirement.I hope it will open soon…Cheers Italy people!!
    Thanks,
    Shane Miller
    http://www.preciseenergygroup.com

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  4. antkm1 March 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I think the real problem behind buidling alternative energy plants in the USA is with the energy companies. Since they own all the energy and are in bed with many foreign companies who are importing energy, they want to maintain the status quo. ‘Why bother investing in clean energy when when you can sell what you have for a premium’?

    We need more leaders like T-Boone to convince these companies that green/renewable energy is like free money! once you build it, the maintenance is very low and it keeps on going. I don’t see why this is such a difficult business plan to grasp. Sure the upfront is very high, but simple pay-back is huge!

  5. desertEco March 12, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Bravo Italy! Using the numbers provided in the article, I calculate that it would take 36 fields of this size to power ALL households (not commercial businesses) located in Las Vegas, Nevada which has well over 300 days of sunshine per year and a wealth of vacant desert land just outside the city.

    Total cost would be about $10.8 Billion. While that sounds expensive, it is only $2 Billion more than the latest construction project to complete on the Strip: CityCenter which came in at over $8 Billion. This created several new hotel/condo buildings, new ultra-luxury mall all of which are having a hard time drawing business as there are few who can afford their product in the current and foreseeable economy.

    The construction of a solar array of immense magnitude would provide much needed jobs for the area, plus make an incredible impact on the planet as an example of one of the most consumptive cities becoming one of the most green.

    Why can’t we do these projects in America?

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