25 February 2010 – Construction of two photovoltaic (PV) roofs, with a maximum output power of 200 kWp and 400 kWp respectively, to cover the shopping centres of Nova Coop, Piedmont, Italy, has begun by the Enerqos Group.

The new installations will be among the first Italian solar plants to be built with the innovative Solyndra cylindrical panels. Installation work will be undertaken by the Piedmont-based company Photovoltaic Systems, under the supervision of Enerqos’ Industrial Roofs Business Unit.
 
The Solyndra panels use thin-film technology and cylindrical modules which capture sunlight across a 360-degree photovoltaic.
 
Using these panels in an industrial PV installation allows energy to be generated much more effectively than would be the case with conventional flat modules, says Enerqos, and significantly reduces installation costs.
 
‘More companies today are choosing to install PV plants in order to reduce their energy costs, often exploiting unused spaces such as roofs, warehouses, allotments or car-parks for the project: industrial PV plants represent a very attractive form of investment and a potentially huge resource for the production of renewable energy,’ said Giovanni Landi, head of Enerqos’ Industrial Roofs Business Unit.
 
The new plants will be operational by the summer and will produce over 6 GWh of clean energy per year.