Lightsource BP gets 156MW Italy solar

May 6, 2021 11:52 AM ET
  • Two PV projects on Sicily and one in Apulia are expected to reach ready-to-build condition in 2022
Lightsource BP gets 156MW Italy solar
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Lightsource BP has obtained three utility-scale solar projects totalling 156MW in Italy.

The deal, with Horizon Firm, makes up two projects in Sicily and one in Apulia.

They are the 40.9 MW Canicatti project and the 58.2 MW Torre di Mastro project, both in the province of Agrigento, and the 57.4 MW Manfredonia project, which will be established as an "agri-PV" setup to integrate farming and renewable resource.

The 3 projects are expected to get to ready-to-build status in 2022.

Horizon Firm's experience has been "important in recognizing and also selecting solar project sites that can be created sensibly to safeguard regional communities and proceed agricultural techniques", Lightsource BP stated.

In Apulia, the entire land area of the Manfredonia solar project (104 hectares) will certainly offer both prompt and also lasting chances to improve biodiversity and develop varied earnings for local rural businesses, Lightsource BP said.

Initially, enhanced pollinator environments as well as farming will be established within the initial 5 years.

In the long-term, 3700 olive trees will be planted around the website border for gathering and also other neighborhood economic possibilities.

Lightsource BP will certainly function very closely in partnership with farming neighborhood groups and also members to develop these extra functions of the solar project gradually.

Lightsource BP means to spend EUR105m in your area with these projects, which likewise includes purchase of regional services as well as the creation of 1300 green tasks in building and construction, land management, agricultural tasks, and also engineering.

BP Lightsource Italy lead Giovanni Mascari said: "We acquired this profile from Horizon Firm due to the fact that these projects have been sensitively prepared around neighborhood eco-friendly as well as heritage values.

" We plan to build on this great to demonstrate that solar projects can develop chances to satisfy climate goals whilst resolving regional economic growth and allowing diversity of revenue for the farming field.

" We anticipate functioning very closely with neighborhood authorities and also farming experts to more develop our plans for these projects."

Christian Chiaruzzi and Agostino Costantino, partners and directors at Horizon Firm, included: "We highly think that shifting to a reduced carbon economy which integrates agriculture and renewable resource is an efficient means to attain the joint objectives of the ecological shift and decarbonisation.

Both companies have also participated in an exclusivity arrangement where Lightsource BP will certainly acquire an added 130MW of solar projects, with the purpose of finishing the purchase in the following couple of months.

When it comes to the 130MW of projects, the companies will certainly likewise investigate advantages of including power storage.

The partnership with Horizon Firm brings Lightsource BP's Italian solar advancement pipeline to over 1.5 GW.

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