Solarfun strengthens Italian presence


According to Peter Xie, president and chief executive officer of Solarfun, the company expects to grow its installation base to over 50 megawatts (MWs) this year, due to its relationships with regional developers.

The new office is expected to increase regional access to Solarfun’s products and provide technical and marketing support for utility, commercial and residential customers. Mr. Claudio Giorla will head the company’s Italian operations as its country manager of Business Development and Operations.

The company has also signed a contract with Gestamp Asetym Solar, a Spanish solar solutions company, for the delivery of around 11 MWs of PV modules. The modules will be used for solar parks in both Spain and Italy, all of which are scheduled to be operational by the middle of next year.

Furthermore, back in August, Solarfun entered into an agreement with 9REN Group to deliver 20.4 MWs of PV modules for a new solar park in Italy. The park is expected to be operational by the third quarter of next year.

"I am pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Giorla to our team," said Andreas Liebheit, VP and managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Solarfun. "His addition to our Business Development and Operations team is an important part of implementing our growth strategy in Europe. Mr. Giorla’s market knowledge and relationships in Italy will help support our growing customer base in this important region."