Ecological Schools in Safe School

Project information

Index: 1245R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location ITALY SUD Potenza Basilicata Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2009
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

Improvement of energy performance in public buildings (in particular provincial high schools) through the implementation of RE plants and EE measures

Good Practice Information

Improvement of public buildings' energy performance gives a fundamental contribution to the achievement of EU2020 targets. Furthermore, RE plants and EE measures on educational buildings raise the energy awareness of teachers, students and their family members. An investment of about 70 M Euro was deployed for the refurbishment of the schools across the Potenza Province.
On the whole, 6 photovoltaic plants operating in 5 schools and in the Provincial Museum, a tank for the collection and use of rainwater in a High School of Venosa (a town located in Potenza Province), 3 (40 KW each) ground source heat pumps combined with 7 solar heating systems (28 KW each) were installed ensuring a noticeable decrease of public buildings energy bills and CO2 emissions.

Evidence of success

The initiative was awarded as a best practice 2011 by Legambiente and GSE in the framework of “Renewable municipalities 2011”. A remote control system with a “public” display allows monitoring the production of RE plants. The total estimated energy production is about 743,742.5 kW/y corresponding to € 320,735.86 with about € 272,432.19 saved on the energy bill and 319,060 tons CO2 avoided.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Enrico Spera

Province of Potenza

Annex completed on: 11-13-2013

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