HYDROELECTRIC
A historic presence: our roots, our future

The energy of water

We have been producing electricity through the power of water for more than 120 years when, at the end of the 19th century, we built the first hydroelectric plants in the country which are still in operation today. The renewable energy of water represents the history but also a pillar for the future of our society: we invest to consolidate and increase our position in the scope of large derivation plants and we are committed to expand our radius of action by building or acquiring small plants.

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Our hydroelectric plants in Italy

1.019 MW

The installed capacity of our hydroelectric park

7

The Italian regions where our hydroelectric plants are

3.189 GWh

Hydroelectric energy generated in 2019 (up 3.6% compared to 2018)

How a hydroelectric plant works

Water is the oldest energy source used by man. To exploit its potential energy, we built basin hydroelectric plants (in the case of constructing a dam or a crossbeam) or plants with flowing water (when the course of a river is used).

Our historic plants

All three are located on the Adda river, are over a hundred years old and represent our historical commitment for building a sustainable energy future: they are the power plants Angelo Bertini and Carlo Esterle, in the province of Monza and Brianza, and Guido Semenza, in the province of Bergamo. Nowadays Google Street View makes possible to visit and observe them closely, with a 360° look.

Bertini

Visit the Paderno plant (MI)

Esterle

Visit the Cornate d'Adda power plant (MB)

Semenza

Visit the Calusco d'Adda power plant (BG)

The future of our sector with mini-hydro systems

We are active in construing and acquiring small hydroelectric plants (under 3 MW of power). These plants are the future of the sector in Italy: the large basins energy are in fact already fully exploited through the existing plants. But that's not all: the mini-systems are perfectly integrated into the landscape surrounding them.

PALESTRO

The citizen power plant

In order to build the mini-hydro power plant of Palestro, we chose to involve the local community: for the first time, citizens could contribute to a sustainable energy project.

PIZZIGHETTONE

We are back on the Adda river, where our story began

Inaugurated in 2017, the Pizzighettone mini hydro plant represents an excellence in its sector: indeed the plant is fully integrated into the South Adda Park territory, thanks also to its underground structure and to a special passage that allows the ascent of the fishes inhabiting Adda river.

Our environmental declarations

By monitoring and certificating our hydroelectric plants, we want to make a significant contribution to protect environment and biodiversity, developing our business in a sustainable way. We are also committed to ensure our people safety in the workplace and we believe that a constant dialogue with local communities hosting us and with all the production chain stakeholders establishes an opportunity to improve and grow the entire organization.

Fight against climate change: our goals for a sustainable energy future

By 2030, we want to increase the production of electricity from renewable sources reaching 40% and to reduce the specific CO2 emissions of our electricity generation park to 0.26 kg / kWh.

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