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1.4 MW Solar Frontier installation provides energy to Italy’s biggest shopping center “Il Centro”2016-09-07

1.4 MW Solar Frontier installation provides energy to Italy’s biggest shopping center “Il Centro”


Il Centro

Solar Frontier’s CIS solar system covers around 50 percent of the daily energy needs of the shopping center
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Munich, September 7th, 2016 – Solar Frontier Europe, subsidiary of the world’s largest CIS solar energy solutions provider, Solar Frontier, announced today that its CIS modules were selected for use in a solar installation on the roof of the Il Centro shopping center in Arese near Milan, Italy. With approximately 200 shops over an area of 100,000 square meters, the shopping center is the largest one in Italy and counts among the largest in Europe.


The installation features 1.4 MW of nominal power and completely covers the roof of the Il Centro shopping center. While P.M. Service from Pontassieve acted as the distributor, ING srl (ING) was responsible for the installation of both the thermal power plant and the PV system, which contribute to reducing the energy demands of the mega commercial mall.


“In order to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests, we require a great deal of energy each day. It was important to us to draw on renewable energy sources, to express our commitment to a cleaner environment,” said Gabriele Ghilardi, Owner of ING.

“We decided to propose Solar Frontier’s modules as an alternative solution, given the higher performance and quality compared to crystalline silicon technology,” he added.


The energy generated is used to light the building and run the air conditioning system. Excess energy is sold to the grid. Altogether, the installation covers 50 percent of the daily energy needs of the shopping center, which opened in April this year. Comprising 8,295 of Solar Frontier’s 170 Wp modules, the installation was mounted on the roof between October 2015 and January 2016.


“We’re pleased that Solar Frontier is part of such a trendsetting project that can serve as a model for major consumers in Europe. With approximately 1,400 kilowatt hours of solar radiation per square meter annually, the region around Milan is ideal for capitalizing on solar energy. The installation saves more than 800 tons of CO2 each year and ensures that the shopping center is not dependent on rising electricity prices,“ said Wolfgang Lange, Managing Director of Solar Frontier Europe.


P.M. Service has chosen Solar Frontier’s CIS modules for this prestigious project for several reasons: “Solar Frontier has been a reliable partner for over five years. We selected the CIS modules for this project because of their excellent temperature stability, as well as the high yield at lower irradiation,” explained Massimo Innocenti and Andrea Parrini, Owners of P.M. Service.



About Solar Frontier

Solar Frontier is the world’s largest provider of CIS solar panels, system solutions and services. Our solar panel technology delivers economical and environmental advantages in real-world conditions – where it counts - and our solutions range from innovative rooftop systems to professional power plant development services. We harness the power of the sun to provide a cleaner, more comfortable life for all.


Solar Frontier K.K. is a 100% owned subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (TYO: 5002) (“Solar Frontier”) and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Visit  or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.



About P.M. Service  

P.M. Service was founded in 1999 by its partners who had at that time developed 25 years of experience in the distribution of electronic components. The aim of the company was to distribute products and services for the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. P.M. Service has since built partnerships with major European and Asian PV module and inverter manufacturers. Eager to educate both the public and the private markets, P.M. Service offers seminars and workshops in the central Italian regions, which have been attended by more than 2,000 participants so far. Visit for more information. 


About ING srl.

Born in the early 90s, ING today has 30 employees and reached a turnover of almost 8 Mio Euro in 2015. ING can counted on as an organization that covers multiple disciplines by offering global solutions in the field of Environment, Water, Energy and Infrastructure. Within the last 25 years, ING has realized almost 1,000 PV plants and improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 public buildings. Besides their headquarters in Treviolo, ING has established operations with offices in Brazil, Tunisia and Albania.


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