Canadian solar: groundbreaking of the unsubsidized solar portfolio in italy


The portfolio is jointly owned by Canadian Solar (51% stake) and Manni Energy (49% stake), a renewable energy company devoted to engineering, O&M services, and energy efficiency and part of Manni Group.

Manni Energy provides turn-key EPC and O&M services for the project.

On a sunny winter day,  the first pole has been rammed marking the milestone of a new era of unsubsidized PV development. The PV portfolio is composed by 5 utility scale plants of different sizes located inside the Naro municipality, closed to Campobello di Licata (AG) and Ravanusa (AG).

The plants will be constructed with solar tracking systems and string inverters to maximize the total energy yield, whilst minimizing the impact on the local environment.

The expected production will be approximately 34 mio KWh per annum, equivalent to the annual consumption of 12,000 households in Italy.

The solar PV portfolio is expected to conclude construction phase in Q2 2019 and to start producing electricity within the end of second quarter of 2019.

Dr. Massimo Sapienza, General Manager EMEA of Canadian Solar, commented: ” After several months of strong efforts to complete the development process of this project, and a technical reengineering to revamp an old design concept up to state of the art, we are proud to start construction on one of the first examples of subsidy-free plants in Italy. Canadian Solar put in place a strong plan to fuel solid growth in the Italian market. We have created a “dream-team” of 50 PV experts in our EMEA headquarter based in Milan. We envisage to build many new state of the art PV plants in most of the Italian territory over the next 3 years. The Solar Revolution is getting real.”

Mr. Franco Citron, CEO Manni Energy, commented: “We are happy to announce that the complex initial stage is complete and the operational stage has begun: today we inaugurated the works by laying the first pole of 8,500 for fixing the structures. The high level of preparation and professionalism of our associates and of the companies involved will allow us to complete construction works of the entire solar park by the deadline.”