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Centrale idroelettrica di Gargnano, Italia

The Gargnano hydroelectric power plant, Italy

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The project

Gargnano hydroelectric power plant

This hydroelectric plant is located on the western shore of Lake Garda, in the municipality of Gargnano, in the province of Brescia. It was built entirely in caves and only the transformers and electrical station are visible from the outside.

The plant was built between 1960 and 1964, and was renovated in 2014. It is part of the Bergamo group of hydroelectric facilities.

The plant is fed by the Valvestino reservoir, which is located within the Alto Garda Park. This is in the Western Garda Forest, the largest in Lombardy.

This is a mixed pumped storage power plant, and is a strategic facility in terms of its power output and average annual producibility, when it comes to both pumped storage capacity and balancing the power grid.

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Technology

Hydroelectric

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Status

Operational

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Operating Capacity

137 MW

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Energy production

Approximately 75 GW

Average production achieved in the last three representative years.

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CO2 emissions avoided

34,325 tons per year

 

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Energy needs

about 28,000 households per year

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Timeline

Milestone

Impact on local communities

The power plant is located in an area with a strong historical, tourist and wildlife vocation.

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