Alpiq has held a 30 percent stake in the Italian operations of Moncada since 2008. The joint venture M&A Rinnovabili S.r.l. develops wind farms in Italy as well as biomass and solar power plants. Moncada and Alpiq have now decided to transfer from M&A Rinnovabili four biomass facilities to Moncada and two wind farms to Alpiq. In addition, Alpiq's 30 percent stake in M&A Rinnovabili has been reduced to 22 percent.
Alpiq wind farms in Italy with capacity of 200 Megawatts The two Sicilian wind farms with a collective capacity of 124 Megawatts belong to newly-founded company Alpiq Wind Italia 2. With 42 wind turbines and a capacity of 84 Megawatts, Aerorossa is located in the Caltanissetta, Agrigento and Palermo regions. With 20 wind turbines and a capacity of 40 Megawatts, Enpower 3 is situated in the Agrigento region. Since 2008 Alpiq has also been operating the 70.5-MW Ramacca wind farm in Sicily. Acquisition of the two additional wind farms will increase Alpiq's installed wind power capacity in Italy by some 60 percent to around 200 Megawatts. Besides Italy, Alpiq also operates wind farms in France, Bulgaria and Switzerland.