Italy Set To Get Largest European Solar Power Plant To Date

Big things are happening with solar, in case you hadn’t heard. Recently, we covered the second largest solar plant in the US, beginning service this year in Florida. Now, we bring you Europe’s largest solar plant, slated for construction in northeastern Italy, near the town of Rovigo, and expected to be complete by the end of the year. 

This 72 megawatt photovoltaic solar electric plant will power 17,150 homes and avoid the production of 41,000 tons of CO2 (equivalent to getting 8,000 cars off the road.) Like any solar project this big, it’s expected to create a lot of jobs, as well–in this case, 350 local construction jobs that will also help to build expertise in advanced energy technologies. 

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The project is being developed by Sun Edison, a division of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., with the backing of Banco Santander; additional financial partners are expected to join the project before it’s all said and done. Prior to the Rovigo plant, the Europe’s largest solar facility was a 60MW solar farm in Olmedilla, Spain.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.