Engie inaugurated the first large-scale agri-voltaic park built in Italy: it combines the production of renewable energy with the agricultural crops of the area. The energy is fed into the Italian national grid and is used, in large part, to power Amazon's activities in Italy.
The structure was presented in Mazara del Vallo, in the province of Trapani, by the CEO of Engie Italia, Monica Iacono and by the Director of FMCG Categories for Amazon in Europe, Giorgio Busnelli , in an event which saw the participation of the Deputy Minister of the Environment and Energy Security Vannia Gava.
The agri-voltaic park, the construction of which was announced in 2021, covers 115 hectares. It was built in Sicily in an agricultural area located between Marsala and Mazara del Vallo, in the province of Trapani and is the first of the two renewable energy plants announced by the companies.
The second is located in Paternò, in the province of Catania and will begin producing energy by the end of the year. In total, the two plants will have a production capacity of 104 MW Peak* (83MW AC). According to ENGIE estimates, the two structures will contribute to the saving of over 62,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
The Mazara del Vallo plant is an avant-garde example: in addition to being the first agri-voltaic park built in Italy, it is also the first conceived on the basis of a Corporate PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) contractual model between two private companies.
“The Mazara del Vallo agrivoltaic plant for Engie is fully consistent with the development strategy in Italy and in the world. We currently have 500 MW of installed renewable capacity and our plan aims to reach 2 GW in 2030. To achieve these objectives, a continuous and constant relationship with the territories and central institutions is essential, together with a stable legal and regulatory framework, simplified, which we hope will soon be defined”, Iacono explained.
“I am pleased to be in Mazara del Vallo today for the inauguration of the first agri-voltaic park in Italy, which combines the production of renewable energy with the preservation of arable land. This project allows us to accelerate our path towards net zero CO2 emissions by 2040, contribute to the country's energy transition and generate a positive impact in the communities in which we operate”, said Busnelli.