Gehrlicher Solar: Italy on the way to becoming a natural photovoltaic market

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By the end of August Gehrlicher Solar in Italy will have connected photovoltaic systems to the power grid with a total power of around 20 MWp.

The company forecasts sales potential in the high double-digit million range by the end of the year.

Dornach n. Munich. In 2011 Gehrlicher Solar AG has already completed several solar power plants in northern and central Italy with total power of around 4 MWp. These include the Ceretto and Mastropaolo Civitella solar parks in Abruzzo and the Parma solar park in the central Italian region Emilia-Romagna. In addition rooftop systems with total power of around 1.7 MWp have already been connected to the power grid.

By the time the feed-in power remuneration is reduced on 1st September 2011 this will have been increased by the addition of three solar parks in Lombardy and two further solar parks in the Emilia-Romagna region, as well as several rooftop systems.

“In southern Italy we will soon be speaking of a natural market, i.e., we can then produce electricity from the sun at a cost level equal to traditional electricity”, says Gerald Kumerle, technical director of Ground Mounted Systems and chairman of the board of Gehrlicher Solar Italia S.r.l.

Dr. Tim P. Jungblut, commercial manager of Ground Mounted Systems as well as member of the board of Gehrlicher Solar Italia S.r.l., adds: “By the end of August we will have installed total power of around 20 MWp in Italy. But even beyond that date we see great opportunities in this country. By the end of 2011 we are expecting sales potential in the high double-digit million range.”

About Gehrlicher Solar

Gehrlicher Solar AG is an internationally operating photovoltaic company from Germany with subsidiaries and joint ventures in Brazil, France, Great Britain, India, Italy, Spain, South Africa and the USA. With around 430 employees world wide the company is one of the ten largest independent photovoltaic project developers and system integrators. With an annual turnover of around 340 million Euros (2010) Gehrlicher Solar is one of the fastest growing companies in Europe. The company which was founded in 1994 develops, plans, builds, finances and operates solar power plants for ground mounting and for roofs – from private houses to multi-megawatt systems. In addition, it distributes solar modules and inverters as well as components from its own GehrTec product range. Gehrlicher Solar also plans, sets up and manages profit-oriented photovoltaic funds and private placements for private and institutional investors.

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