Statkraft opens first solar park in Italy – announces agreement for more solar parks

Norwegian power generator Statkraft opens its first solar power plant, Casale in Aprilia, Italy. Photo: Statkraft

Norwegian power generator Statkraft opens its first solar power plant, Casale in Aprilia, Italy. Statkraft also announces an agreement with Siemens Energy to build more solar power plants in Italy.

With a total capacity of 3.3 MW and an annual power production of 4.5 GWh, the Casale solar park will supply approximately 1200 Italian households with renewable energy.

“Developing solar power is part of our strategy to maintain Statkraft’s role as Europe’s largest renewable energy company”, said Bård Mikkelsen, President and CEO of Statkraft.

Statkraft also announces today an exclusive framework agreement with Siemens Energy to build up to 40 MW new solar power capacity in Italy during 2010. The agreement covers Statkraft’s project pipeline in Italy and construction of the next solar plant is expected to commence in spring 2010.

Following a comprehensive procurement process involving a number of suppliers, Statkraft has chosen Siemens Energy as an exclusive EPC contractor in Italy. As Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contractor, Siemens will handle engineering, project management and turnkey construction of the photovoltaic plants. Siemens will also be responsible for operation and maintenance for the first five years.

“Siemens Energy is a highly competent partner, securing our ability to build several solar parks in parallel and reach the target of commissioning new solar parks before the end of 2010. The time schedule is of great importance, due to the uncertainty regarding future support schemes for solar power,” says Olav Hetland, senior vice president solar power in Statkraft.

“After successful execution of the Casale project for Statkraft, we are continuing our cooperation with the implementation of further solar energy projects in Italy,” said René Umlauft, CEO of the Renewable Energy Division of Siemens Energy.

Statkraft’s goal is to develop 75 MW of solar power generating capacity by 2012. The geographical focus is Italy, Spain and France, based on high solar radiation and established support schemes.

Statkraft is Europe’s largest renewable energy company. The group develops and generates hydropower, wind power, gas power, solar power and district heating, and is a major player on the European power exchanges. Statkraft also develops marine energy, osmotic power and other innovative energy solutions. In 2009 Statkraft posted gross operating revenues of EUR 2.9 billion. The group employs 3,400 staff in more than 20 countries.

Source: Statkraft

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