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Jun 15th, 2012
 
Soitec completes construction and grid connection of largest concentrator photovoltaic (HCPV) solar power plant in Italy
 
Soitec (Euronext), a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, announced today it has completed construction and grid connection for the largest concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar power plant in Italy.
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  • 1.17 MW high-concentration PV (HCPV) plant is owned and operated by Soitec   

Located in the Belpasso municipality in the Catania province in Sicily, the highly efficient, 1.17-megawatt-peak (MWp) facility is now ready to generate clean, reliable electricity for the local power grid for decades to come and paves the way for many other CPV plants to be developed in Italy.

The new utility-scale power plant will generate enough electricity to supply approximately 300 homes per year and is expected to offset more than 125 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions per year. It is equipped with 74 of Soitec’s high-efficiency CPV trackers, each using 168 Concentrix™ CPV modules, along with two central inverters of 500 kW each to ensure reliable power distribution to the grid. Operating at higher efficiency than conventional solar PV panels in converting sunlight into electricity, Soitec’s systems maximize energy production throughout the day by incorporating multi-junction solar cells and dual-axis tracking systems that maintain an optimal angle to the sun. CPV is the most attractive solar technology in high solar resource regions around the globe.

Fully owned and operated by Soitec, the new solar plant will supply electricity to Enel, Italy’s largest power company. Local Italian construction companies provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the solar power plant while efficient central-inverter technology was provided by Schneider Electric.

 

 
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