Largest Single Site PV Solar Plant in Europe goes Live in Italy
70 megawatt PV solar plant will power 17,000 homes in Italy
The largest single site PV solar plant in Europe has gone live near Rovigo, in northeast Italy. The 70 megawatt photovoltaic solar plant was set up by global energy services giant SunEdison Italy in less than a year and is expected to generate enough energy to power 17,000 homes.
The 260 € million ($346 million) PV solar plant is a joint venture between SunEdison and First Reserve Corp. and was funded by several of Europe’s largest banks including Banco Santander, Unicredit Corporate, Societe Generale and Natixis.
The plant is situated on a 210 acre site and features over 280,000 solar panels. It will reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the Rovigo area by close to 41,000 metric tons, or the same amount of emissions as 8,000 cars. The new PV solar plant will be operated by SunEdison Italy and jointly owned by Banco Santander.
In terms of megawatts generated, the Rovigo, Italy PV solar plant is smaller than the Finsterwalde Solar Park in Germany which generates a massive 81 megawatts of energy. However, the Finsterwalde mega-system consists of three smaller solar plants connected together to generate the wattage. In contrast, the new PV solar plant in Italy is a single-site solar farm, which technically at least, makes it the largest of its kind in Europe.
Meanwhile, over in North America, the bragging rights for the largest PV solar plant in the continent, belongs to the Sarnia PV solar plant in Canada. The plant, which went live earlier this year has a capacity of 80 megawatts. Sarnia won’t be the largest for long though. A First Solar PV solar plant project that is coming up near Yuma, AZ has a planned capacity of 290 megawatts.