With the framework of the European Communities policy of encouraging the use of photovoltaic energy for users in remote regions without electrification, ENEL (Italian Electricity Board) created a modular photovoltaic plant. This plant consists of a stand-alone PV generator integrated by a solar-water collector: the user can benefit from electric energy and hot water. The potential electric energy production of the PV generator at its basic power rating (350 Wp) is about 500 kWh/year. Bigger yearly energy demand can be accomplished suitably by increasing the power rating of the array. The system itself was conceived as a self-assembly package that requires little or no maintenance once assembled (in itself a simple task). The DC current produced will be used to power low consumption household appliances such as fluorescent lamps, 100 litre fridges, water pumps and televisions. Thirty such plants are to be installed on Stromboli Island.