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Germany may be number one when it comes to solar power in the EU, but they are about to get some heavy competition from Italy.

Italy plans to open Europe’s most powerful solar power plant later this year. The plant will be constructed by the US company SunEdison—the top solar power company in the US and the third largest in the world. It will be located near Venice, in the town of Rovigo. It will take up 9.15 million square feet (850,000 square meters) and produce 72 megawatts.

According to the company, somewhere between $273 and $342 million (200-250 million Euros) will be invested into the project. General manager, Liborio Francesco Nanni commented:

“The photovoltaic park in Rovigo province is a milestone in the development and establishment of solar energy in Italy.”

Currently, Spain holds the biggest solar power plant in Europe, followed by Germany. However, come this fall that will all change. Italy’s plant is expected to start production during the second half of this year, with plans to become fully operational by the year’s end.

To make the news even better, the plant will be able to provide at least 17,000 homes with all their electricity needs during the first year of operations. Plus, they will also prevent 41,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted. It would be nice to see more people (or companies) take up the same initiative, but I suppose one can always dream.