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Published on July 25th, 2009 | by Andrew Williams


Italy to Get Largest Rooftop Solar Power Plant in the World

July 25th, 2009 by  


An Italian company has announced plans to install the world’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic plant, with an energy capacity equivalent to the power needs of 5,000 households.

Solon SE will establish the facility at its Padua warehouse and truck-loading complex, generating an output of up to 15 megawatts when the sun is at its brightest.

According to reports, construction is scheduled to begin at the Interporto di Padova in September, with the contract for making the photovoltaic modules going to a subsidiary of Solon based in Carmigiano di Brenta.

Although the total energy output of micro-generation facilities like these are generally quite small, their distributed nature, positioned as close as possible to the point of use, could reap long-term dividends for forward-looking companies like this.

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