Commercial Rooftop Burago di Molgora

Site Overview
Location Burago di Molgora, Italy (Monza e Brianza)
Coordinates 45.59° N, 9.38° E
Average global irradiance 1,372 kWh/m2/yr
Average temperature 12.5 °C, 54.5 °F
Average precipitation 943 mm/yr, 37.1 in/yr
Technical Overview
Date onstream February 2012
System capacity 370.4 kWp
Panel type SF140-L (140 W)
Number of installed panels 2,646
Tilt angle, orientation 2°, 8°, 20°, 35° / 6° S, -174° N
Output 209,904 kWh (01.02.2012 - 30.06.2012)
Total CO2 reduction 145,181 kg, 320,069 lbs (01.02.2012 - 30.06.2012)
Inverter AEG
Financing Bank
Mediocreval SpA - Gruppo Credito Valtellinese

The PV Galileo project is located in the Italian city of Burago di Molgora. This installation with 370 kWp installed capacity was constructed by Lares Energy Srl. on the rooftops of an industrial building complex for the owner, Galileo Immobiliare Srl. Although Lares Energy Srl. is a young company, their team members have more than twenty years experience in the renewable energy sector. The company also has a strong background in the financing of such projects.

The round surface of the building’s rooftop represented just one major challenge in the case of this installation in opposition to standard sloped roofs with optimum tilt angle. Despite this difficulty, the PV installation works well generating high output levels as Solar Frontier’s CIS thinfilm modules, due to their unique properties are a suitable solution also for conditions to be considered less than optimal. In this specific high output levels of are mainly due to the good low-light behavior of the 2,646 installed Solar Frontier’s CIS thin-film modules. This feature leads to high output generation and even permitted the installation on the moderately north-facing rooftop parts of the adjacent building.

The industrial installation has more than fulfilled the expectations within the first months of operation: from February to June 209,904 kWh of electricity have been generated, which has offset 145 tons of CO2.