Progetto Italia is an initiative launched by Eni in 2016 that aims to regenerate several otherwise unusable industrial areas in Italy, of which many have already been reclaimed by our environmental company Eni Rewind, and to create new synergies in the renewables sector.
Since the start of the initiative, installed capacity has grown constantly, from about 25 MW in 2018 to about 72 MW at the end of 2019, an almost three-fold increase over the period.
So far, we have identified more than 30 projects, of which four are already operating while three others are due to start in 2020 and will increase the total installed capacity in Italy to 98.4 MW by the end of 2020.
The 1 MW plant at the Green Data Center in Ferrera Erbognone (near Pavia) was the first opened as part of Progetto Italia. The energy produced by the 2,968 photovoltaic modules on 106 string cables there is entirely consumed on site by our supercomputers HPC5 and HPC4.
A significant step in our growth has been the opening of two photovoltaic plants in Sardinia: a first 23 MW plant in Assemini (outside Cagliari), completed in 2018, and a second 31 MW plant in Porto Torres (near Sassari), completed at the end of 2019 and opened at the beginning of 2020, the biggest plant built by Eni in Italy to date.
At Assemini production is expected to be around 35 GWh a year, and the energy generated by the solar panels installed will power about 70% of the total consumption for processing the salt produced by the company Ing. Conti Vecchi.
At the plant opened at Porto Torres, yearly energy production is expected to reach almost 50 GWh, of which about 70% will be used by companies operating at the industrial site, resulting in a saving of around 26,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
Lastly, the 18 MW photovoltaic park at the R&M plant in Volpiano (near Turin) has recently been completed and processes to build two photovoltaic plants in the productive area of Porto Marghera have been set in motion.
This is only the beginning of a very ambitious journey that will increase Eni's installed capacity in Italy to almost 600 MW at the end of the 2023 plan period, thanks in part to an agreement signed with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti for the construction of photovoltaic plants in areas owned by the state.