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In 2013 in Italy there were 700 thousand renewable energy systems distributed in the various municipalities. Spanning from photovoltaic to thermal photovoltaic, from hydro power to geothermal energy, to biomass energy, this system of distributed generation last year hit a record of 104 TWh of electricity, covering 32.9% of Italian electricity consumption.

This is what emerges from the 2014 Renewable Municipalities edition, the dossier of Legambiente which every year photographs the state of clean energy production in our country keeping an eye on municipalities and regions.

2629 Italian municipalities are autonomous in respect to electricity consumption and 79 compared to household thermal heating from renewable sources. There are also 29 municipalities which are 100% renewable.

The winners from Legambiente for this edition are:

Renewable Municipalities Award 2014: 8 villages in the valleys of Primiero and Vanoi (TN), (Canal San Bovo, Fair Primiero Imèr, Mezzano, Sagron Mis Siror, Tonadico and Transacqua).This merger of municipalities, called “The Primiero” has managed to cover the entire electrical and thermal requirements using a mix of 5 different technologies, two district heating networks (45 km long) and an electrical network of public ownership, the ACSM that distributed to users the energy produced by hydroelectric plants (145 MW) and photovoltaic (4 MW) for the electrical part, by solar systems (with 996 square meters of panels), and biomass (22 MW) for the heat.

Good Practice Award: Community Wind Farm Rivoli Veronese (VR) for creating the most interesting wind farms in Italy.

– Other Good Practice Award goes to the City of Albino (BG), which has invested 1.6 million Euros to install 552 kW of photovoltaic panels.

ENESSERE agrees with Edward Zanchini, vice president of Legambiente, which has appealed to the Government and the Energy Authority, asking to open the road to self-production from renewable sources, which will change the energy future of the Italians and the reduction of expenditure for families and businesses.

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