German energy group RWE has begun building its first solar facility in Italy.

The Bosco Solar Plant, situated in the Partinico municipality near Palermo, Sicily, is an 8.3MW ground-mounted installation. It will comprise approximately 15,000 bifacial modules and produce enough electricity to power around 7,000 homes.

The commissioning of the plant is scheduled for completion by the end of 2024.

Katja Wünschel, DEO of RWE Renewables Europe & Australia, said: “Bosco is RWE’s first solar plant under construction in Italy. What makes it special is the exceptionally short time it took from the start of development to construction. Thanks to the implementation of a new accelerated permitting process in Italy, we were able to reach ‘ready to build’ in less than 18 months. This is a great achievement and we look forward to realising our next projects in Italy, one of our key markets.”

RWE Renewables Italia operates 15 onshore wind farms with a total installed capacity of approximately 500MW, which can cover the annual demand of around 400,000 households.

The company is currently also constructing a 54MW wind farm in San Severo and a 50MW wind farm in Mondonuovo, both in the Apulia region.

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