By Gary Thomas
Manufacturer of semiconductor materials, Soitec has successfully finished the construction and grid connection work for Italy’s biggest concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar power unit situated in Catania province in Sicily to enable it to produce years of clean energy for the local power grid.
The efficient 1.17 MWp Sicilian unit will now be able to power 300 homes and reduce 125 tons or more carbon dioxide emissions annually. Soitec has installed 74 top-notch CPV trackers, wherein each is provided with 168 concentrix CPV modules and two 500 kW central inverters, thus ensuring secure electricity distribution to the grid. The CPV is far better than the traditional solar PV panels in terms of converting sunlight into electricity efficiently. This is achieved as energy is produced continuously in the daytime using two-axis tracking systems and multiple junction solar cells that support a favorable angle to the sun.
The Executive Vice President for Solar Energy division of Gaetan Borgers commented that the completion of the grid project is an important milestone and opens further avenues for Soitec in the Mediterranean region. The efficiency of the CPV and the minimal occupied space makes this technology ideal for Italy.
Soitec is the owner of this cost-effective power facility that will be the main power supplier for the largest power company in Italy, Enel.