Term: “With this measure we set the goal of encouraging the use of renewable sources in the territory to reduce pollution, safeguard the environment and economically facilitate residents”
The thermal waste of geothermal power plants present in Tuscany feed district heating in 9 municipalities, where bills for heating and hot water have always – even beyond the current phase of energy crisis – more than halved when compared with the use of fossil fuels. However, not all buildings can be connected to the network.
For this reason, the geothermal Municipality of Monterotondo Marittimo has returned to publish-together with CoSviG, the Consortium for the development of geothermal areas – a call to support even those subjects who can not enjoy the benefits of district heating, with rewarding incentives for those who choose to use renewable energy sources.
“Not all the territory is served by district heating and it would be impractical in terms of costs – explains the mayor Giacomo Termino – With this measure we set the goal of encouraging the use of renewable sources in the territory to reduce pollution, safeguard the environment and economically facilitate residents. Given the situation we are witnessing with the speculation of world fuel prices, we have decided this year to raise the ceiling payable to citizens by 200 euros. In the call is rewarded also the choice to buy the fuel from a local producer with headquarters in Monterotondo Marittimo in order to support the local economy”.
The call can already be consulted here on the CoSviG pages, with a deadline of 31 July 2023: it provides for the provision of economic contributions to partially cover the costs incurred related to consumption for heating and the production of domestic hot water through renewable energy sources, for properties not connected to geothermal district heating.
The fuel used for domestic heating and for the production of domestic hot water must necessarily fall into the following types: firewood; biomass of woody origin (hazelnut, pellets, wood chips); biomass originating from agri-food waste of regional origin.
The total amount put on notice is equal to 50 thousand euros. The maximum contribution payable for each subject is equal to 60 percent (VAT included) of the expenditure actually incurred and demonstrated for fuels for each thermal season, with a forecast of an increase of 10% (and 100 euros on the ceiling) of the aforementioned percentage in the event that the fuel is purchased from a local producer having its registered office or operating in the Municipality of Monterotondo Marittimo. With the increase in the maximum disbursement of 200 euros each citizen will be able to receive a contribution up to a maximum of 1,100 euros.
It is strictly forbidden to sell the fuel for which the contribution is requested for any reason or to use it for heating buildings different from the one for which the contribution was requested; the Municipality specifies that the conformity of the quantity of fuel purchased with respect to the estimated consumption in relation to the characteristics of the property and the installed system will be verified.