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Mafia and multinationals milk Italy's green energy boom

On the outskirts of Narbolia near the island's western coast, over 107,000 solar panels sit atop the roofs of some 1,600 greenhouses, in which the owners had promised to grow aloe plants.

Narbolia, Italy

THOUSANDS of solar panels glint in the sun, but the prized farmland beneath lies barren. While the Italian island of Sardinia revels in a renewable energy boom, the long arm of organised crime risks sullying its clean power ambitions.

Famed for its lush plains and...