Italian state utility awards first renewable energy tender


Italian state-owned utility Gestore Servizi Energetic (GSE) has issued its first renewable energy tender and awarded the contract to Enel Green Power.

The tender includes the construction of three wind energy projects with a total of 60MW, as well as upgrading and maintaining 20MW of existing wind and hydro energy projects.

The three wind energy plants will be constructed in Sicily, Molise and Campania as from this year, to kickstart operations in 2021.

Maintenance of the 20MW wind and hydro projects will be in Molise, Sardinia, Piedmont, and Tuscany.

In total, GSE’s tender comprises 500MW of new solar and wind energy projects.

Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power and director of Global Power Generation, said: “With this award, we confirm our dedication to the growth of renewables in Italy, a key country for our business and for our commitment in the energy transition towards a more sustainable electricity generation model.

“The investments in the development of new renewable capacity will contribute to the decarbonisation objectives of the Group and the country, supporting the progressive replacement of fossil sources with those with zero emissions.”

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In Italy, Enel Green Power manages more than 14GW of renewable energy capacity, equal to approximately half of the Group’s managed capacity in the country.

In 2019, Enel produced 24TWh from renewable sources, equal to 52% of its overall energy production in Italy.