1st MegaWatt at Ancora del Chianti

In Mid October we had our our solar panel installed for electricity production and we started to produce clean energy in Chianti for our family and for the guests of our bed and breakfst.

People selling solar panels are (or must be) optimistic about the results as they have to promote their business of course, but we did not expect to be so true especially because we were facing winter!! They told us also about the benefits on the enviroment and …It all came true in a very short time!

Just Before 1000

The winter this year has been cold and rainy and we had very few days of sunshine. Despite that we had our first MEGAWATT in late March. Solar energy is free emission and producing 1 Mega with solar energy we saved oil for 250 Kg and reduced Carbon Dioxide for 500 Kg for enviroment benefit.

This is the picture just before 1000 watts and………………

Just After 1000


…….. here the picture just after 1000 watt of production!

Curious to know what’s in between? Easy to answer: a lovely Sunday picnic in the garden with kids for celebrating Springtime!!

Now Solar Energy at Ancora!


In September 2010 Ancora del Chianti  got the permission for solar panel from the Preserving Landscape Commission of the Ministry of Culture in Rome. They had to give the approval for super technological solar panels on the roof of our (empty) granary. They are meant to produce electric energy from the the sun with no CO2 emissions for selfcomsumption and distribute in the Italian energy net what in excess. We have been waiting 10 month and actually the most of it for this year has gone…but never is too late when you believe in renewable energies and substainable tourism!

By end September the panel was already on the roof and we only had to wait for the Italian Company for Electric Energy (ENEL) to check and connect our little plant (3 KW) to the Italian net. Giulio and Marcello, the technicians, arrived on 18th October with their white van full of coloured wires, boxes and helmets: what an exhitement for the kids!

They were friendly and professional and shared with us the emotion of the first connection and set up. We were really nervous as you never know until the end if everything is ok, expecially when different people do the previous job. After several checkings we could connect and enregister on the Italian Electric Net. What an emotion to have the Inverter feed back to our enquiries! We now producing electric energy from the sun with no CO2 emission.

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