Canadian Solar Completes Sale of 17.7 MW Solar Portfolio in Italy

Canadian Solar has announced the closing of a 17.7 MW solar portfolio sale in Italy to Sonnedix. The portfolio consists of 5 subsidy-free projects in Sicily.

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Canadian Solar has announced the closing of a 17.7 MW solar portfolio sale in Italy to Sonnedix. The Company expects to recognise revenue from the sale in the first quarter of 2020.

Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar said, “we are pleased to partner with Sonnedix and Manni Energy on the sale of our landmark subsidy-free portfolio in Italy, the first-of-its-kind in the local market. Italy is one of Canadian Solar’s core markets in the EMEA region and we are committed to investing and growing it even during difficult times. Just a few days ago, we secured EUR 55 million in project financing to fund the construction of 151 MW of solar power plants in Sicily, Apulia and Lazio, which are expected to break ground in Q3 this year. We have been active in the Italian subsidy-free market since 2018, and now have over 900 MW of project pipeline under permitting, solidifying our position as one of the leading players in the country.”

The portfolio of five solar PV plants in Sicily was jointly developed by Canadian Solar and Manni Energy and has been operational since February 2020. The energy produced is sold to TrailStone Renewables GmbH through a recently signed 10-year PPA. This is one of the longest PPAs for subsidy-free solar portfolios in Italy to date. These solar plants are expected to produce approximately 34 GWh of clean energy per annum, equivalent to providing approximately 12,000 Italian households with clean solar energy.

Franco Citron, Head of Business Development at Manni Energy, said, “it was a great pleasure to collaborate with Canadian Solar and Sonnedix, two key players in the solar industry. We believe that moving towards market parity, a path that Manni Energy undertook two years ago, is the right way to contribute to Italy’s decarbonisation goals as stated in the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan, which runs through 2030. Based on this belief, we started the development of important projects for the 2020-2022 triennium, not only in southern but also in northern and central Italy. In addition, we are working on solutions and technologies that will optimise the energy generation of these plants, with the aim to make the prime cost of energy even more sustainable and competitive.”

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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