Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, SA, has started the construction of two new PV plants in Southern Italy. These plants have a peak power of 1.6 and 1.45 MW and will be managed by two different subsidiaries of Infrastrutture S.p.a and Hergo Sun Srl.
The 1.6 MW plant will be built on fixed structures, while the 1.45 MW plant will be installed on mono-axial trackers. Martifer Solar had already installed two plants for the same Client, of 2 MW and 4 MW, using the same mono-axial trackers. For these two plants more than 80% of the works were assigned to local firms (of the same province) while the rest was consigned to other Italian firms.
This fact reflects an internal policy of the company, oriented to enhance the technical and human abilities of the territory where PV plants are erected while matching the local authority’s goals during the licensing phase for these initiatives. In fact, one of the main goals of the national policy in terms of renewable energies is to develop job opportunities and local entrepreneurship.
The new plants will produce enough energy to supply 1,450 families composed by four members, avoiding the emission to the atmosphere of 55,000 tons of CO2, known as the main agent responsible of the increase of the greenhouse effect, during the 20 years. The total area of the two plants will be of 10 hectares.
Pedro Pereira, Managing Director of Martifer Solar Italy, said “These two new plants will increase the capacity installed on behalf of Infrastrutture Spa in Italy to more than 9 MW just in 2010, strengthening an excellent relationship established during this year and confirming the expectations for future cooperation between the two companies”.
Guido Carissimo, Managing Director of Infrastrutture, stated “A rigorous procedure has been followed and we are glad to have obtained the trust of the banks”.
The construction of these plants started between August and September and for both the connection to the grid is foreseen until the end of 2010. After the EPC
(Engineering, Procurement and Construction) phase, Martifer Solar will also manage the Operation & Maintenance (O&M)
, with a 20-year contract.
Martifer Solar, present in Italy since 2008, is going to install, in 2010, more than 24 MW of PV plants, both in Northern and Southern Italy. The building contracts in progress all over Italy and on behalf of different Clients have a value of more than 75 million Euros.
Being both domestic and international, industrial and financial, Martifer Solar’s Client portfolio is becoming more and more widespread and loyal, thanks to the confidence the company has been able to obtain in the market due to its competence, reliability and goals achievement. Martifer Solar can rely on a high vertical integration level in the photovoltaic industry and on a strong geographical presence in 10 countries all over the world, benefiting from the synergies of a strong international Group.