The German company announced that the first 12 MW have been connected to the public grid via its transformer substation, which was built specifically for the project. It added that it has secured the current feed-in tariff of 0.297 per kilowatt hour for these 12 MW.
It explained that it accelerated work on the project, due to the market uncertainty in Italy, which arose after the government announced it would change the countrys feed-in tariffs on June 1. As of yet, the industry is still waiting for a final outcome, but it seems likely that the new tariffs will be introduced in September, as opposed to June.
The entire photovoltaic system will be constructed on an area of 150 hectares and is expected to be completed by the end of August.
With 48 MWp, S.A.G. Solarstrom says that the system will generate 64,000 MWh of electricity per year and can thus supply 14,000 four-person households.
"We have reached an important milestone in this project with the completion of the entire required infrastructure and the connection to grid of the first 12 MWp," commented Karl Kuhlmann, CEO of S.A.G. Solarstrom AG.
"Connection to grid in Italy is still a major challenge for several photovoltaic projects. It is therefore all the more gratifying that we have been able, under these by no means easy market conditions, to implement the connection even earlier than originally planned."