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Published on July 10th, 2012 | by James Ayre


Santerno Wins 155-MW Contract for Solar Project in California

July 10th, 2012 by  


Santerno has won a supply contract for 155 MW of Santerno skid inverter stations to be installed in a solar plant located in Imperial Valley, California.

“This contract is a milestone for Santerno, as it signals our entrance into the USA Solar Farm Market,” says Guido Tonin, Executive Vice President of Santerno Inc., the North America subsidiary of Santerno Group, located in San Francisco.

“The supply to the Project in California is completely in line with our globalization plans for the Solar Farm market segment,” says Marco Tecchio, CEO of the Santerno Group; “we are glad to announce it, following Santerno’s successful completion of the 124 MW Ravenna (Italy) project end of 2011, Santerno’s supply contract announcement for the 81 MW Kathu project in South Africa (South Africa’s very first solar farm) in May 2012, and Santerno’s commissioning in Europe, and lately, in China and India of over 2.5 GW of solar inverters, the large majority of which were deployed in Solar Farm applications.”

The Imperial Valley solar power project is a huge solar project. It will be one of largest solar photovoltaic (PV) farms in the US. In total, it will be 200 MW in size. As just noted the other day here on CleanTechnica, Abengoa will build this project, which is expected to be up and running in just 18 months.



Santerno is actually a California-based company — it is headquartered in San Francisco — that promotes and distributes Santerno’s inverters for solar, wind, and industrial applications for the North American market.

“The Santerno Group, with over 40 years of experience in power electronics (and 25 years in solar inverter), is a leading company in the Italian solar market (the largest in the world in 2011). To date, Santerno has delivered over 2,500 MW of solar inverters, mostly for Solar Farm applications. The Santerno Group is consolidated in the balance sheet of the Carraro Group, a public company and global leader in off-highway power transmission systems. The Carraro Group has been in business since the ’30s, traded at the Milan stock exchange (Italy) since 1995. In 2011, the Carraro Group Sales Turnover exceeded $1.2 billion.”

Source: PRNewswire
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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