Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has boosted its solar development pipeline with the acquisition of Italian solar developer Solar-Konzept Italia (SKI).

Shell confirmed this week it had acquired 100% of the Italian arm of Germany's Solar-Konzept, adding the deal had increased its solar development pipeline in Italy to roughly 2 gigawatts.

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Shell’s vice president Italy and country chair, Marco Marsili, stated that the deal aligned with the oil and gas giant’s strategy for integrated power delivery in Italy.

“Integrated power is a key driver in our Powering Progress strategy and commitment to achieve net zero by 2050. We will also continue to work with national and regional authorities to support Italy's energy transition,” he said.

SKI’s newly appointed chief executive, and head of Renewables Power Development at Shell Italy, Ivan Niosi, added the acquisition would make Shell one of the leading solar developers in Italy.

“The 10-person SKI team will be integrated into Shell Italy and bring valuable experience in agrivoltaic project development,” he added.

“The team will develop the combined portfolio, continue to pursue new projects, and support our corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) offerings to customers.”

The acquisition comes just a month after Shell expanded its solar footprint in the US by acquiring 100% of the equity in American project developer Savion, which had a 12.5GW solar pipeline and 3.3 GW energy storage development portfolio.