No. 26 (2023): Transizione Energetica
Essays and Viewpoint

Cultural Heritage and Energy Communities: critical issues and opportunities

Giovanna Franco
Dipartimento Architettura e Design, Università degli Studi di Genova
Marta Casanova
Dipartimento Architettura e Design, Università degli Studi di Genova

Published 2023-10-31


  • Energy Transition,
  • Renewable Energy Communities,
  • Cultural Heritage,
  • UNESCO Sites,
  • Renewable Sources

How to Cite

Franco, G., & Casanova, M. (2023). Cultural Heritage and Energy Communities: critical issues and opportunities. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (26), 68–77.


The proposed decree of the Ministry for the Environment and Energy Security (MASE) encourages spreading self-consumption forms of energy from renewable sources, including Renewable Energy Communities (RECs). The paper proposes a mapping of the CERs already active in Italy, considerations on the main barriers that, at a national and international level, have hindered their diffusion, dwelling on the problems of compatibility in safeguarded and protected areas. Recalling projects and guidelines for installing photovoltaics in sensitive contexts, a first approach for a new CER in a UNESCO site is proposed as an opportunity to directly involve the Ministry of Culture as an actor in the energy transition processes.


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