Power and automation technology group ABB has won orders worth $27m from Gestamp Solar, a subsidiary of Gestamp Renewables, to supply four solar power plants with a total capacity of over 17MW in Italy.

The power plants will be erected in Duccotto, Francofonte, Monreale and Sapeu, with a capacity of 7.7MW, 2.3MW, 3.3MW and 3.8MW, respectively.

Once connected to the grid, the plants will supply around 27GWh of renewable energy each year and will avoid the generation of around 14,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

The turnkey project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2010, includes design, engineering, supply and commissioning of the power plants, as well as the medium-voltage distribution link that will connect the plants to the grid.

ABB will supply dry-type distribution transformers, medium- and low-voltage switchgear, protection devices and an advanced control system, with remote control and diagnostic capability, to optimize operations and efficiency.