We talk about renewables in Italy and the Province of Rome deserves special applause, also noted by Legambiente, which awarded it with the national recognition "Renewable Municipalities 2012". The Province of Rome has distinguished itself for its innovative commitment to solar and photovoltaics that protect the environment and improve the quality of public spending.
Nicola Zingaretti, president of the Province of Rome underlines the importance of the green economy: "Our commitment shows that in times of crisis we cannot only think of the word cuts, but it is also necessary to commit ourselves to increasing the quality of public spending". The solution? Implement increasingly innovative and sustainable policies.
There province of Rome was awarded along with other Italian towns such as the Municipality of Verna, in the province of Bolzano which for Legambiente is also the most cycle-friendly city in Italy, as well as being an example of ecological virtuosity because it is 100% powered by renewable energies. Another award went to the municipality of Vicchio, near Florence, where a large biomass energy plant was built.
The Province of Rome has been able to distinguish itself for its excellent money management, with investments aimed at satisfying the energy requirements of public school buildings. Over 183 school buildings will soon be installed solar panels with an energy capacity of approximately 3.4 million kWh, a quantity capable of satisfying the average needs of 1,450 families. The project has a total cost of 23.9 million euros and will save about 55,350 tons of harmful emissions over the next 30 years.
Not only solar power for Roman school buildings, but also an intelligent heating system, based on the energy saving and consequently, money-making: with the application of the project initiated by the Province of Rome, five million euros will be saved, funds that will be reinvested in energy innovation.
Until now, the tenders to cover the costs of school heating were a posteriori: based on the energy used, a specific expense was faced. Thus companies were not incentivized a save. The current announcement has upset the system by inducing school buildings to increase energy efficiency so as to minimize heating costs, reducing harmful emissions related to the fuels used.