Wind energy in Italy: Senvion wind turbines for wind farm

Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of wind turbines, has signed a contract for the supply of six Senvion 3.0M122 turbines with PLC System’s Burgentia Energia.

The wind turbines with a rated output of 3 Megawatts (MW) and a rotor diameter of 122 metres will be delivered to the wind farm Brienza in Basilicata. With its total rated output the wind farm will produce enough energy to supply around 10.000 households with electricity every year. With a total hub height of 90 meters, the 3.0M122 will be the first one of this type in Italy.

Carlo Schiapparelli, Managing Director of Europe South-East at Senvion, says: “Our 3.XM series perfectly corresponds to the wind conditions especially in Southern Italy. We are looking forward to realize many more projects in and for Italy, together with our strong local partners.” The big rotor guarantees a high conversion of wind into electrical energy. The 90-metre steel towers will be manufactured in Italy. Planned delivery of the turbines is summer 2015 and in order to complete the service for Brienza wind park, Senvion will also provide maintenance for five years after testing.

Francesco Esposito, Director and founder of PLC System, states that “with Brienza’s wind farm, PLC confirms its will to strengthen and improve its position in the renewable energy sector both in Italy and abroad by pursuing an independent project development and asset acquisition strategy. We are proud to have Senvion and Banca Popolare di Bari as reliable partners on our side.” The wind farm that is financed by Banca Popolare di Bari (BPB) will work at full capacity by the end of the year and is PLC’s first Wind Energy project. Gianluca Jacobini, Deputy General Manager of Banca Popolare di Bari, explains: “The approach followed BPB’s new proposition for businesses, which includes innovative assistance solutions achieved by creating a partnership with our clients and sharing a path leading to growth.”

To date, Senvion has installed 366 wind turbines in Italy at a nominal capacity of 774 MW. From the 3.XM series, three Senvion 3.2M114 as well as 20 Senvion 3.4M104 turbines have been installed. With the Senvion 3.0M122 now taking speed in Italy, the company offers a turbine tailored for low wind locations for best possible energy yield.