News

Enel Green Power expands geothermal heat sales to greenhouse operations

Greenhouse of Floriamata, Italy (source: Floriamata)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 6 Feb 2019

Enel Green Power has extended a geothermal heat supply agreement to large floriculture company dell'Amiata of Floramiata in Tuscany/ Italy. This is part of further emphasis on geothermal heat, e.g. for a new geothermal district heating system in Piancastagnaio.

Earlier this week, Enel Green Power’s Geothermal Manager Luigi Parisi and the Managing Director of Floramiata Marco Cappellini have signed an important addendum to a heating supply agreement by Enel Green Power to the large floriculture company dell’Amiata.

The new agreement, which was also signed by the mayor of Piancastagnaio Luigi Vagaggini, expands a current agreement on the delivery of 150,000 MWh thermal per year at advantageous prices (about 10 times less than the cost of fossil fuels) with an additional 25,000 MWh thermal annually under the same conditions  for a total of 175,000 MWh thermal annually. This will allow Floramiata to pursue its policy of development and growth in terms of production and employment undertaken with the new course of the last few years. The signing of the new agreement also included Massimo Montemaggi and Emiliano Maratea for Enel and the director of Floramiata Enrico Barcella .

Floramiata, with more than 27 hectares of heated greenhouses, is one of the largest complexes in Europe with more than 100 employees, in addition to constantly growing seasonal staff, will thus be able to expand and improve its production capacity.

This is an important agreement for the whole Amiata territory, in the context of the collaboration between the Municipal Administration of Piancastagnaio, Enel Green Power, Co.Svi.G. (Geothermal Area Development Consortium) and companies in the area for the implementation of the so-called other uses of geothermal energy , from the use of heat to tourism promotion of geothermal areas in the sign of environmental sustainability and economic and social development of the territories.

Overall, the heating of the Floramiata greenhouses through geothermal heat allows a saving of about 50,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide . Moreover, in Piancastagnaio, thanks to the agreement signed between Enel Green Power and the Municipal Administration in October 2017, work will begin on the construction of residential district heating in the municipal capital , while the district heating built at Casa del Corto for about 15 units added to those already supplied in La Rota .

Source: Stamp Toscana, Floramiata