Canadian Solar powers Cavriglia, Italy with photovoltaic solar

Milan, November 30, 2011 — Canadian Solar announced the provision of 12,465 photovoltaic modules for a ground-mount solar power plant installed on a former mining site in the Italian city of Cavriglia (Arezzo).

The 10 MW plant, which has been operational since October contains over 40,000 modules including Canadian Solar‘s CS6P-P series, will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 5,531,000 kg.

Canadian Solar partner Coop Cellini Impianti Tecnologici installed the solar farm in the area of a former mining depot in the Tuscan province. It is connected to the local power grid and will be able to provide enough clean energy to serve the needs of some 7,000 homes.

To minimize its environmental impact, the plant’s design includes a number of features that enable the plant to blend in with its surroundings, such as a natural hedge all around the plant and trees that act as a natural screen.

The project also includes some 1,122 meters of bike trails adjacent to the photovoltaic plant as an extension to the existing system of trails available both to the public and for organized sporting events. With the construction of this “green” plant, many issues related to water run-off have also been resolved, thereby contributing to the safety of the main escarpment.

In terms of safety, the photovoltaic plant is equipped with a remote monitoring system in order to measure and display the key operational data and to respond to any alarms or malfunctions in a timely manner.

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