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Fig. 1. STEAG Solar Energy Solutions (SENS) develops up to 440 MW of open-space PV capacity. // Bild 1. Die STEAG Solar Energy Solutions (SENS) entwickelt bis zu 440 MW Freiflächen-PV auf Sizilien. Photo/Foto: STEAG

STEAG continues to grow on the renewable energy market

STEAG Solar Energy Solutions (SENS), the most recent subsidiary of the STEAG Group, Essen/Germany, is growing steadily in the field of renewable energy. André Kremer, Managing Director of SENS, and Matej Lednicky, Head of Transaction Management Infrastructure with the investment company KGAL Investment Management GmbH & Co. KG, confirmed their cooperation in Italy when they signed the contract in Milan.

In Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, the joint venture will develop up to 440 MW of open-space photovoltaic (PV) capacity. This is the largest project volume that the Würzburg-based STEAG subsidiary has ever implemented. The installations will be able to provide over 350,000 households with CO2-free energy (Figure 1).

This major project involves a total of six solar parks in Sicily. The installations will be erected in the provinces of Palermo and Trapani within a radius of around 40 km. Construction of the first section is scheduled to start at the end of 2020. “Our latest subsidiary is getting off to a great start with this major order. Our confidence in the expertise of SENS on the market for photovoltaic systems is already paying off after only a short time as a member of the STEAG Group,” says Joachim Rumstadt, Chairman of the Management Board of STEAG. By the end of 2021 all the parks are to be directly connected to the network of the Italian grid operator Terna by means of a newly-built transformer station.

“We are delighted to have such a prestigious partner and investor as KGAL for this demanding project in Italy,” says Kremer. For SENS and the investment company from Grünwald near Munich the project development in Sicily represents a further milestone in a long and successful partnership.

“For many years we have trusted in the expertise of SENS for the construction, operation and maintenance of our PV systems. I am sure that we will once again work together efficiently and in a spirit of mutual confidence,” says Lednicky. In addition to the implementation of several large-scale PV installations in Italy, for more than ten years now the Italian SENS service team has been maintaining various installations on behalf of KGAL as the service provider with overall responsibility.

With this project in Sicily, SENS (formerly GILDEMEISTER energy solutions) is once again entering the Italian solar-park development business. After founding the subsidiary in 2009 with locations in Milan and Lecce, SENS has designed and constructed a range of large-scale PV projects. Today the company is one of the largest providers of technical services for PV systems in Italy and offers a comprehensive range of services with its own technicians nationwide.

The currently planned systems with their total capacity of up to 440 MWp are only the starting point for further activities. “Italy, Spain and Germany will be the three most important European markets for SENS in 2020. We see enormous potential here – and not just from our own developments,” states Kremer. (STEAG/Si.)