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The 18th-century Castello di Guarene’s authentic art works and period furniture make it a masterpiece of Italian style. But, while the hotel’s roots are in the past, its approach to energy looks to the future.
Castello di Guarene has embraced the advanced renewable projects being pursued by Piedmont utility group, EGEA. The company has completed a series of 17 photovoltaic solar projects in the area, all installed in locations designed not to encroach on valuable agricultural land. Its solar panels are found on sites as diverse as the surface of an inert landfill or the roof of an exhibition center. Twelve of these plants are used to supply green energy directly to end-users, achieving even further carbon savings because power does not have to be transported through wires. The hotel’s choice to take its electricity from EGEA’s green supply sees it play a part in a project that achieves CO2 savings of about 4,000 tonnes a year—equivalent to the emissions from a thousand cars.