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Green Embassy


Green Embassy



The Italian Embassy in London is the first foreign mission in the United Kingdom equipped with a photovoltaic system for the production of electricity. The system will enable the Embassy to reduce costs and CO2 emissions.

GALA group, sponsor of the works for the photovoltaic system, is one of Italy’s top 10 national operators in the markets for retail electricity and gas, for the production of renewable energy and for integrated engineering services. GALA, which has always been keen on the issue of energy efficiency, has provided for the full realisation of the system in cooperation with Libra Energy, an international installer, utilising Italian PV modules produced by Solsonica, a clear example of the Italian excellences in the sector of renewables.

The system is made of 30 panels, 250 W each, with a peak power of 7,50 kWp and is capable of generating energy throughout the day, even in condition of low solar irradiance.

The auto production of electricity for the Chancellery’s premises will permit to curtail the annual consumption of almost 20.000 kWh, corresponding to 179 oil barrels, on a total average annual consumption of 80.000 kWh. The reduction will amount to 23%-30%. As far as CO2 emissions are concerned , it is expected a decrease of 77 tons, equal to the plantation of 802 new threes.

Furthermore, the Italian Embassy, has launched other green initiatives such as the disposal and recycling of exhausted technological materials, the utilisation of ecologic paper for printers and photocopies and the progressive installation of energy-efficient lightning.