US-based SunPower Corp has entered into an agreement with Giulio Barbieri to design and manufacture the new SunPower Carport (solar carport) for the Italian residential market.

Under the terms of the agreement, Giulio Barbieri will deliver carports, depending on customer specifications.

Local partners of SunPower will then install the complete system that will comprise an aluminum structure, solar panels and inverters.

SunPower president Howard Wenger said the company is currently designing and installing commercial solar carport systems at schools and businesses across North America.

"We are now pleased to offer a new solution that is being adopted more and more by Italian homeowners," said Wenger.

"Partnering with Giulio Barbieri will enable SunPower to offer the same high efficiency, high reliability solar panels to homeowners wanting to power their homes with solar, but have constrained rooftops."

The SunPower Carport is available in four versions and can be installed in a number of configurations to accommodate either two or three cars.