Another 100 MW in Sicily

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Three wind farms totalling 100 MW have been commissioned on the island of Sicily by Italian developer Veronagest. The biggest is a 48 MW project of Vestas 2 MW turbines in Mazara del Vallo in the province of Trapani. The other two projects, each using 850 kW Gamesa machines, are both in the province of Palermo -- a 22.1 MW plant stretching over the municipalities of Marineo and Cefaleo Diana and a 29.75 MW development spanning Campofelice di Fitalia and Villafrati. Commissioned last month, the projects bring Veronagest's total operational wind capacity to 170.5 MW from four projects. Its first is the 70.5 MW Ennese wind farm of Ecotècnia 1.5 MW turbines from Spain, which straddles the borders of Ramacca, Raddusa and Castel di Judica. The company has two further wind farms, totalling 102.5 MW, under construction in Sicily, says Veronagest's Luciano Santi, again using Gamesa turbines. The biggest is a 60 MW plant of 2 MW machines in Corleone and Prizzi, while 850 kW units are being used for a 42.5 MW project near the town of Mineo. Veronagest, a unit of cooperative bank Banca Popolare di Verona e Novara, is also developing wind farms elsewhere in Italy and has begun scouting out opportunities in other countries, including Albania, Romania, Turkey and India.

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