Energy firm Enerqos gave the green light for work to start on the construction of the first four of several planned solar farms in Apulia.

The scheme will cost about €20m and is part of a €1bn plan to create more solar power farms in Italy.

The construction of the four farms, each with a 1 MW production capacity, will be undertaken by Enerqos and will use the latest technology.

In particular, one of the sites will feature the biaxial Solar Totem tracking technology, patented by Enerqos, which the company says increases output by 38% compared to conventional fixed mounting systems.

Marco Landi, president and co-founder of Enerqos, said: “Our experience allows us to offer clients a turnkey service of the highest level including an operation and maintenance service and performance guarantee.

“Therefore, we are able to design and install high-efficiency solar farms that are not only extremely cost-effective but also give a faster return on investment.”

Construction is expected to be completed and the sites fully operational by the autumn.

Luke Walsh

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