Premier Power to build 0.5 MW solar power plant in Sicily; opens new Southern California office

The project is a new addition to the series of solar projects being developed by Premier Power for clients in Italy. Located in the industrial zone in the town of Calatafimi in the province of Trapani, Sicily, this plant will have solar electric generating capacity of 0.5 megawatts, and build-out of the project will commence in the third quarter of this year.

The company says the plant will feature a fully integrated installation where, in this instance, in addition to the solar system’s ability to generate power, the solar panels being installed also form a part of the roof and provide the same functionality as standard roofing materials. Given this system’s duality in function, it has been designed and enabled to receive the highest feed-in tariff.

“The building of a new solar electric power plant by Mirrione Francesco Legnami is a wise decision, as it makes productive unused space available on rooftops in this region of Sicily best known for agriculture while producing clean electric power given the amount of high sun exposure,” said Dean R. Marks, chief executive officer of Premier Power. “This project creates a reliable source of electricity for our customer as produced by the sun, and it expands our pipeline of Italian projects,” he added.

Speaking about its new office in Southern California, Mr. Marks commented: “California is one of the largest markets in America for solar electric power generation solutions, and to work more closely with potential and existing customers in this high growth market we’ve opened an office in the heart of Orange County.

He concluded: “From this central vantage point, we can more quickly and easily address inquiries from both large corporate and smaller residential customers located in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the Inland Empire. As sales in the United States provided over 45 percent of our total revenues in 2009, and with a large percentage of that coming from California, with our business becoming more robust we feel this is the right time to establish a larger and more visible presence.”