More than half of Enel Green Power’s plants are in Italy, almost 380, with an installed capacity of 3,046 MW. The generation mix presently includes mainly geothermal, hydroelectric and wind as well as solar, whose development was strongly boosted in 2011, and will be increasingly widespread over the next few years.
Enel Green Power has a great tradition in hydropower, a sector in which it manages about 300 plants across the country, for a total installed capacity of 1,513 MW. Water flow plants have a very reduced impact on the local environment.
Enel Green Power is a geothermal leader, with 35 plants in Tuscany, with a capacity of 723 MW, which can ensure an annual production exceeding 5 billion kWh. Enel Green Power is a global benchmark in this technology that was employed in the area of Larderello in Tuscany since the beginning of last century.
Wind is the source that registered in Italy the greatest growth over the past decade, and Enel Green Power has contributed significantly to this development. Starting from Italy’s first wind farm, built in 1984 by Enel at Alta Nurra in Sardinia. Presently the company manages wind farms totaling a capacity of 720 MW.
In the solar sector Enel Green Power can count upon the great expertise it acquired in Italy thanks to the Enel Green Power Retail franchising model. Moreover, in 2011 a thin-film photovoltaic panel factory started operations in Catania , managed through a joint-venture with Sharp and ST-Microelectronics.