Renewable energy company Falck Renewables, a unit of Italy-based industrial conglomerate Falck Group, announced it will provide solar power to the Italian unit of Belgium-based chemical company Solvay through a 10-year power purchase agreement.
“The 10-year contract will cover around 70% of the power produced by the solar plant and represents an amount equal to the electricity needs of four of Solvay’s plants in Italy: Bollate, Ospiate, Livorno and Rosignano – Unità produttiva Perossidati,” the Italian company said in a statement.
The electricity will be supplied by a 41.1 MW solar park located in the province of Foggia, in the southern region of Apulia, which is planned to be linked to 10 MW/20 MWh of storage. “The current design is based on alternating rows of solar panels with rows of olive trees, including the Fs-17 species, which is resistant to Xylella bacteria,” the company explained. “The plan foresees that the management of the olive grove will be entrusted to local specialized operators, organized as a social enterprise, who will benefit from the agricultural activity, allowing the creation of local jobs and economic growth in Apulia.”
The company did not provide any further technical or financial details on the project.
A few days earlier, Falck Renewables had secured a PPA for 17.5 MW of solar capacity located in Sicily from the Ferrero Group. Including the deal with Solvay, the company has secured three solar PPAs in the Italian peninsula to date.
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