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Projects in the world of wine are not rare that are increasingly oriented towards sustainability. The latest comes from Sicily, from the historic Cantine Pellegrino, which inaugurated the largest private photovoltaic system in Italy with renewable energy in Pantelleria, and the only one serving a production activity on the island, capable of guaranteeing an equal overall power to 86.40 kWp, which allows the company to produce a share of energy from renewable sources that is almost self-sufficient. Another step in the direction of green-oriented choices, in all three production sites of Marsala, Cardilla and Pantelleria, from the cultivation of vineyards with organic methods to environmental support for the maintenance of the landscape, from lighting to logistics, from management waste for the agronomic use of waste water, up to the containment of all forms of environmental pollution, using recyclable materials.
“We strongly believe – says Benedetto Renda, president of Pellegrino and the Pantelleria Wines Consortium – in the sustainable development of our production activity, always and in any case respecting the environment. Today we are the first winery on the island to be equipped with a photovoltaic system, but we hope that others can also follow our initiative in order to preserve this unique territory and support its economy “.
The use of photovoltaics is nothing new for the Sicilian winery, which has had a 250KW plant available in its historic site since 2010, capable of producing clean energy for self-consumption. The choices in the name of environmental sustainability also concern wine production. In fact, a sustainable viticultural management is adopted in all four family estates, also producing product lines with Bioagricert certification. Cantine Pellegrino has a long-standing relationship with Pantelleria: it was 1992, in fact, when the winery on the island was built. Commitment also confirmed by the desire to rely exclusively on Pantelleria farmers for the cultivation of grapes, who have always practiced heroic viticulture and are custodians and holders of a millenary knowledge that has been handed down from generation to generation. Furthermore, this choice allows the company to procure grapes from the entire island, contributing to the maintenance of the agricultural landscape of the whole Pantelleria..
The new system consists of 270 glass-glass photovoltaic modules, with a power of 320 Wp each and the installation was carried out in full respect of the landscape (it is not visible to any observer) and in complete respect of the skyline of the area. An investment that will allow the company to enjoy significant savings in electricity, equal to 105MWh per year with 49,600 kg of CO2 emissions avoided.


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