Dutch-Norwegian offshore photovoltaic company Solarduck, Italian investment fund Arrow Capital and Italian developer New Developments have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a floating hybrid wind and solar project off the coast of Italy.

The hybrid offshore wind farm will be located in the Gulf of Taranto, off the coast of Corigliano Rossano, in Calabria, and will contain 28 floating wind turbines with a wind capacity of 420 MW and floating photovoltaic platforms of 120 MW, representing a total capacity of 540 MW.

The elevated platform that will be used for the PV plant “enables the deployment of PV panels at significant wave heights, while at the same time maintaining a safe working environment for access and maintenance, and minimizing environmental impact,” explains SolarDuck.

The project is part of the Green Arrow Infrastructure of the Future Fund (GAIF) investment and is currently in the licensing phase, and is scheduled to become operational in 2028. Italy has been actively laying the foundations for offshore renewable energy with measures to simplify the requirements for offshore wind energy projects, but More action is expected soon. Within the framework of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, commitments have been made to further simplify licensing procedures for offshore renewable energy plants, and the FER2 Decree is expected to include floating marine photovoltaics in these improvements.

In Spain, $147 million was awarded last October to test and demonstrate offshore renewable energy sources in Spain. Three of the beneficiary projects include floating marine photovoltaics.

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