Global Energy Watch reports that a greenhouse in Villasor, Italy is producing food and energy.  The greenhouse is in the economically depressed town of 7000 near Cagliari in Sardinia.  When fully operable next month, its PV solar panels will convert the Sun’s rays into 20 MW of electricity, enough to power some 10,000 Italian homes. In addition, it will avoid more than 25,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Italy has a target of generating 23 GW of electricity from the Sun by 2016.

Lalit Jain, chief executive officer ofMoser Baer Clean Energy Limited, said: “This project demonstrates how solar power technology can produce multiple benefits from a single site. We are doubling the productivity of the land by growing crops and generating electricity.”

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