The two companies, which formed a joint venture in July 2010, Enel Green Power & Sharp Solar Energy S.r.l. (ESSE), began operations on the projects at the end of March. The thin film technology was provided by 3Sun S.r.l., an equal joint venture between Sharp, EGP, and ST Microelectronics(3), which manufactures in Italy.
The projects are located in: (i) Altomonte, Calabria Region (8.2 MW); (ii) Istia, Calabria Region (1.4 MW); (iii) Granataro, Calabria Region (one MW); (iv) Bisignano, Calabria Region (1.2 MW); (v) Latina, Lazio Region (2.6 MW); and (vi) Altomonte, Calabria Region (five MW). It is expected that they will generate a total of 19.5 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, enough to power around 7,200 typical Italian households.
In a statement released, ESSE says it will install a total of 500 MW by the end of 2016. "In the future, ESSE will continue to expand its solar power business in Europe, particularly in the Mediterranean area, as well as in the Middle East and Africa, leveraging the strength of its thin-film solar cell modules produced in Italy," it said.