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  • 1. GOOD PRACTICE TEMPLATE Landscape Propensity for Renewable Energy Plants Title of the measure/initiative: Landscape Propensity for Renewable Energy Plants in the Town of San Miniato (PI) (Degree Thesis 2009-2010)Name of the organisation: Universit degli Studi di GenovaStatus of the organisation: University - Faculty of ArchitectureAddress: University of Genua Contact person: Arch. Ciardelli Chiara (Supervisors Prof. Brancacci and Prof. Gibelli) Phone: _____________________ Fax: _____________________ E-mail: Web site : _____________________Topic (multiple answers are possible) x Public Sector Private Sector Large Industrial Buildingsx Solar Plants District Heatingx Windx Biomassx Geothermal energy Energy saving Energy efficiency Energy conceptsx Other, please specify ___Territorial / Urbanistic Planning______Stakeholders (multiple answers are possible) Citizens Households Property ownersx Policymakersx Local and regional authoritiesx Energy service company (ESCOs)x Architects and engineers Other, please specify ____________________________________________

2. BACKGROUND This is a methodology useful to identify the areas more suited for the installation of renewable energy plants within the current regulations on environmental and landscape conservation. The specific case study in the thesis degree deals with the territory of the municipality of San Miniato (PI) in the Tuscany Region. OBJECTIVES The study aims to develop new methodologies in order to take into account the energy factor in the planning tools: the use of alternative energy sources becomes a tool for the ecological restoration. PROCESS The methodology starts from the description of the landscape areas (hills, plains, riverside) in the territory. Then for every identified area there are the following steps: Analysis of energy consumption (both settlements and productions) Evaluation, by means of ecological indicators, of landscape integrity andtransformation propensity, both ongoing and potential Assessment , trough a SWOT analysis, of the energy capability of everyterritorial area identified in the case study FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND PARTNERS This case study has been developed within a thesis degree work at the Faculty of Architecture of University of Genua, during the 2009-2010. RESULTS This work aims to give to policy makers and planners some tools to evaluate the energy component in planning phases, in order to avoid to mis-estimate the real capability of a territory to produce to use the renewable sources as a real ecological compensation to finally reach the energy neutralityLESSONS LEARNED AND REPEATABILTY The applied procedure uses urban planning indicators and SWOT analysis starting from these indicators values; the real difficulty is often the data availability and the necessity to use theoretical estimate values: but this point underlines more and more the importance of an multidisciplinary approach starting from the assertion that the landscape is changing and that energy is not only data but also landscape! 3. PHOTOS: (EXTRACT FROM THE PLANNING CARTOGRAPHY)