ABB wins Italian orders for photovoltaic power plants

Power and automation technology group ABB has won orders worth $33m (£20.6m) from Emmeesseenne, a special-purpose company financed by an renewable-energy-focused investment fund, to supply three turnkey photovoltaic power plants near the city of Foggia in south-east Italy.

The orders were booked in the fourth quarter of 2010 and the plants are expected to be in operation by the third quarter of 2011.

The three plants, De Nittis 1, 2 and 3, will be located on adjacent sites and will have a combined generating capacity of 39MW.

By substituting fossil fuel generation, the plants will displace 33,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year, equivalent to emissions of about 13,000 European cars.