Canadian Solar Inc. has signed a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Centrica Energy Trading A/S ("Centrica Energy Trading") for two solar power projects totaling 12 MWp in Italy. Centrica Energy Trading is a leading provider of energy management and optimization services, operating in power, gas and energy certificate markets across Europe.
The two solar projects of 6 MWp each are located in Trapani and Enna, Sicily. They are currently under development by Canadian Solar with construction planned to start before the end of 2021. Centrica Energy Trading will purchase the clean solar energy produced by the two solar power projects after they reach commercial operation in April 2022. Powered by Canadian Solar's high efficiency modules, the solar plants will produce approximately 23 GWh electricity annually, enough to power close to 9,000 homes in Italy and equivalent to displacing 7,150 tons of annual carbon emissions.
Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar commented, "I am proud to announce our second 12 MWp PPA in Italy in less than 2 months. The two solar projects signed with Centrica are part of a 1.3 GWp portfolio of subsidy-free solar assets we are developing in Italy, with various counterparties, as we execute on our portfolio management strategy and expand our presence in this market. We are proud to work on this opportunity with Centrica, one of the leading energy traders in Europe, and look forward to collaborating further."
Ricardo Rossi, Head of Southern European Origination at Centrica Energy Marketing & Trading commented, "We are delighted to be part of the energy transition journey with Canadian Solar. We believe that through robust, economic PPA structures, we can make new renewable assets financially viable without the need of public subsidies."