Solarcentury expands operations into Italy

Solarcentury at work

London, 1st May 2019:  Solarcentury, the global integrated solar power company with operations across Europe, Latin America and Africa, today announces that it is expanding its operations into Italy.

Solar farm developments are forecast to significantly increase in Italy over the next decade thanks to the ongoing reduction in solar power costs and the Italian Government’s progressive National Integrated Plan for Climate and Energy 2030, which is targeting a cumulative installed solar PV capacity of 50 GW by 2030.

UK-headquartered Solarcentury, whose 220-strong team currently operates across 10 international markets, plans to further grow its 5 GW global pipeline of subsidy-free solar farms into Italy together with a number of local development partners.

Frans van den Heuvel, Chief Executive of Solarcentury, said:

“The Italian solar power market is now entering a very exciting stage. Just as we’ve seen elsewhere across Europe, solar in Italy no longer requires subsidies to be competitive, making this market an increasingly attractive choice for investors.  With this changing market picture, we are delighted to be able to continue the growth of our European operations into Italy.

“We believe that with our 20-year heritage and strategic focus on end-to-end solar development, financing, management and storage, we can make a real difference in bringing clean power to businesses and communities across the region.

“Our mission remains to fight climate change with solar power and we’re determined to play our part in enabling a swift and meaningful transition to zero carbon energy. With the technology available and solar power generation now more affordable than fossil fuels, there really has never been a better time to scale-up solar across the world.”

Currently developing large-scale solar farms throughout Europe, including in subsidy-free Spain, Solarcentury last month announced its entry into the French solar market after winning 57 MW of solar power capacity in the latest French solar auction.

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MHP Communications
+44 (0)20 3128 8100
solarcentury@mhpc.com

Notes to editors

Solarcentury’s press office:
Nick Collins / Isobel Knight / Alice McLaren
MHP Communications
+44 (0)20 3128 8100
solarcentury@mhpc.com

About Solarcentury:
Established in 1998, Solarcentury is a global integrated solar power company, and a leader in the development, construction and operation of solar projects and smart energy technology at all scales, across Europe, Latin America and Africa.

Independent and headquartered in the UK, Solarcentury is known internationally for developing and building some of the largest solar farms in the UK, Netherlands, Spain, Kenya and Mexico, as well as other pioneering projects including the world’s first solar bridge at Blackfriars Station in Central London and IKEA’s residential solar offer in Europe.

Solarcentury’s mission is to make solar power mainstream. From homes and commercial rooftops to utility-scale, Solarcentury is making a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change by increasing the accessibility and production of solar power across the world. Over the past 20 years, Solarcentury’s solar projects have generated over 3.5 billion kWh of clean electricity and saved over 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere.

In 2006, Solarcentury helped establish SolarAid, a charity which aims to combat climate change and poverty in the developing world by providing access to solar lights, while helping to eradicate the use of kerosene lamps in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia. Solarcentury donates 5% of its net profits to SolarAid, which to date has enabled more than 10 million people across Africa to access safe, clean and sustainable solar light power.

Find more information on the company at www.solarcentury.com/about