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Published on May 8th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Largest Low-Concentrating Solar PV Power Plant in World Now Online

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May 8th, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
 
 
Yes, another world’s largest — renewable energy company Convert Italia and solar module manufacturer Solaria Corporation today announced that the largest low-concentrating solar PV power plant in the world is now online in Puglia, Italy.

Update May 9: I just received this photo of the solar power plant from Solaria representatives:

“Owned and operated by Convert Italia, the solar tracking power plant combines Convert Italia’s MX1 horizontal tracking system with Solaria’s advanced low concentration photovoltaic modules,” a news release on the matter stated.

The solar power plant is 2 megawatts (MW) in size, which isn’t huge but isn’t small either, and it is apparently the largest for this class of solar power.

“Solaria’s innovative modules are a perfect fit with our Convert MX1 tracker,” said Giuseppe Moro, president of Convert Italia. “Tracking systems, which follow the sun’s transit across the sky, increase sunlight capture, generating up to 30% more electricity than fixed PV arrays. The result combines industry-leading performance and reliability with compelling system economics.”

“Convert Italia’s trackers unlock the unique advantages of Solaria modules,” stated Dan Shugar, Solaria CEO. “Our proprietary cell multiplication technology enables our high efficiency modules to use less than half the silicon of other PV modules.”

Image: Solaria solar panels

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