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The “Ludovico Il Moro" hydroelectric power plant in Vigevano

The “Ludovico Il Moro" hydroelectric power plant in Vigevano


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The project

The “Ludovico Il Moro" hydroelectric power plant in Vigevano

The plant, which was built in 1904 in an Art Nouveau style, is located in the municipality of Vigevano in the province of Pavia, within the Ticino Park. It is situated on the south bank of the River Ticino and uses its water, which is conveyed to the loading basin via the Naviglio Sforzesco. This is the man-made canal that flows between the provinces of Novara and Pavia. The canal was built at the end of the 15th century at the behest of Ludovico Maria Sforza, known as Il Moro (the Moor). From here, the water drives the turbines by passing through pipes and taking advantage of the 18-meter difference in altitude between the loading and unloading channels.








Operating Capacity

6.5 MW


Energy production:

12 GWh annually

Average production achieved in the last three representative years.


CO2 emissions avoided

5,297 metric tons per year



Energy needs met

About 4,500 households per year



Impact on local communities

The historic and architectural value of the plant, as well as its integration with the surrounding area and landscape, have long been recognized. FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italia, the Italian Environmental Fund) included the plant among the places that were open for visits during its FAI Spring Days. FAI has been restoring and opening historic, artistic and landscape heritage to the public throughout the country for more than four decades.

The power plant and canal are also part of the Anello Sforzesco (“Sforza ring”) bicycle and pedestrian pathway.

Enel Green Power also cooperates with associations and organizations involved in land conservation and development, as well as welcoming schoolchildren and groups of visitors. Through the "Ideal City " project, it has been running an exhibition and studies on Leonardo da Vinci since 2002.

Individual visitors, schools or interested groups are all welcome to come and find more about the operation of our hydroelectric plant through a guided tour: http://www.lacittaideale.org/laboratori.html

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