One of the world’s leading developers of wind technology Vestas has announced it has now reached a total of 3,000 megawatts of installed capacity in Italy, which equates to 40 percent of the total installed wind energy in the country, making it a big contributor to the country’s EU 2020 Targets.
“This is another important milestone for wind energy in Italy and a source of hope for the entire sector in these difficult times,” states Simone Togni, President of the Italian Wind Energy Association (ANEV).
“Wind has great potential in Italy and this needs to be fully unlocked, not only for EU 2020 and post 2020 objectives, which the country has committed to, but also because of the benefits it can bring at many different levels. It allows Italy to have clean energy at a cost which is not linked to the price of fossil fuels, as well as contributing to energy independence, and fostering economic development and employment – two areas which Italy needs to improve on.”
“We have always believed in wind as a fundamental element of the Italian energy portfolio and as pioneer of the sector we are proud of having boosted it and we will continue doing so,” declares Rainer Karan, General Manager, Vestas Italia.
“Until now, the sector in Italy has experienced a constant growth of around 1000 MW per year, with an overall installed capacity of more than 7,400 MW. There is much more to do for Italy to reach the 2020 objectives and it is up to the new auction system to allow the market to follow this growth rate, considered the newly introduced feed in tariff scheme with the respective installation capacity limitations.”
Since its arrival in Italy in 1998, Vestas has installed and serviced nine separate generations of turbine. Turbines have been erected all over the country, from the “more traditional sites” in central and southern Italy or the islands to locations where turbines have never been installed before, such as in Valle D’Aosta.
In fact, the Italian sales department for Vestas has been responsible for business development activities in Switzerland, the Balkans, Libya, Egypt, and Jordan.
“Our products, the local service set up and long-lasting partnerships built and fostered with the customers on the territory, allowed us to reach this target and we look forward reaching other important milestone in the country,” affirms Juan Araluce, Acting President, Vestas Mediterranean and Chief Sales Officer, Vestas Wind Systems A/S.
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