Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

SunEdison is currently working to develop Europe’s largest solar power facility in northeastern Italy. A division of the major company MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., the North American company SunEdison recently secured the go-ahead to develop the facility near the Italian town of Rovigo. Designed to deliver a total of 72 megawatts the plant will add to SunEdison’s already impressive portfolio as the provider of the most kilowatt hours of electricity offered by any US company and is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

The project has been described by Italian officials as a major step forward in their desire to supply the country with clean, renewable energy in the plant alone is expected to supply enough power for 17,150 homes while removing a total of 41,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – roughly the same as removing 8,000 cars from the road.

While the plant itself is quite impressive the more important aspect it symbolizes for both the company and the country is the furthering development towards clean, renewable energy and away from conventional energy production sources. Although for most areas the plant is overly large (covering roughly 9.15 million square feet, or 120 soccer fields) the capabilities are still a strong indication of what can be accomplished with enough dedication and support of alternative energy developments.

The plant is looking to replace Spain as the current home of Europe’s largest solar plant located in Olmedilla producing a total of 60 megawatts, another massive development that came on the heels of Germany’s earlier development of a 50 megawatt power plant earlier on.

Europe is currently the world leader in alternative energy development and usage for both solar and wind power generation, with Germany the world’s leading producer of solar panels for both personal and industrial or commercial use.

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