EE gets green light on Sicily PV

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Danish developer European Energy's local subsidiary Sun Project has secured permits from Italian regional authorities to start building a 250MW PV plant in Vizzini municipality, in Sicily. The 200-hectare project is planned in one of the areas with highest solar irradiation in Europe and includes plans to restore soil biodiversity in adjacent areas.

European Energy said it had been working on securing permits since 2018 seeking approvals from central government, regional authorities, and local municipalities. Full granting of permits, called PAUR, is issued by the relevant regional authority and preceded by a positive environmental impact assessment by the Council of Ministers and granting of permits by municipalities.

Sicily recently issued PAUR papers to Lightsource BP for a €14m 21MW agrivoltaic project in Buccheri municipality, and is due to grant PAUR to the company's 78MW Mirlocca project and 49MW Canicatti project on the island.