Italy has launched its first renewable energy community in the small northern town of Magliano Alpi, which plans to join forces with five neighboring municipalities. The energy community will integrate a PV installation with a storage system to power 48 households of a social housing project and a fleet of rented electric vehicles.
Project leader Sauro Saraceni in an interview told pv magazine: “Among other residential options, social housing is the one suffering the most from energy poverty. The project foresees a 60 kW PV system on the roof. Together with a 115.2 kWh storage system, it will be installed by the end of 2021. Next year an EV fleet will be introduced, while consumption monitoring, which began in September 2020, will continue till the end of 2022. That’s to understand eventual complexities arising on the ground.”
According to preliminary estimates, the PV and storage system will lead to a 60% reduction in electricity consumption. The entire financing operation will be managed by the local social housing company.
The three institutions responsible for preliminary analysis — ART-ER, the Italian research agency ENEA and the University of Bologna — are currently modeling the consumption profiles collected by Enel X, a provider of demand response owned by Italian utility Enel.
Meanwhile, ACER Reggio Emilia, the social housing company managing the apartment building, is speaking with potential partners to install a PV and storage system by the end of 2021. Enel X will also supply non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM) devices.