Italian plans for 500 MW off Tuscan coastline

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Italian firm Domus Energia has unveiled plans for a 400-500 MW offshore development, comprising five wind farms, in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Tuscany. It will lodge formal planning applications soon, says the company's Roberto Iacono. Tuscany has just 27.8 MW of operational wind plant so far, but hopes for around 300 MW by 2020. Environmental and landscape concerns, however, are hampering development on land. Offshore development could be the ideal solution, says Iacono. The company, a subsidiary of real estate group Studio Domus, is already in talks with potential wind turbine suppliers. "We believe the turbines must be personalised a little bit, since there is less wind on these sites than off the coast of northern Europe," says Iacono.

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