I'm so excited that I needed to share this!
We just signed a contract to install a total of 13 KW of Photovoltaic panels serving both the Locanda and the farm. It will cover 90% of the needs of the Locanda and the horse stables and 100% of the needs of the cow-sheds, mills to produce our feed, granary etc.
After more than 25 years working for sustainability, producing organically, supporting local (organic) produce, producing our own heat and hot water with renewable energies (sun and wood), recycling, reusing, saving energy, this is a great moment for us! We'll be able to produce most of the energy that we use at the Locanda and the farm (everything except gas for cooking, since we do not want to switch to electric cookers!).
Next step will be applying for the EU Ecolabel certification for accommodation services. "Greenwash" is becoming a serious issue and it's no longer enough to be a self-proclaimed "green accommodation"... as we did with organic agriculture years ago, we want an official certification to let everybody know that we're serious about sustainability.
This is a long process and we need our solar panels to be installed before starting, so I think I'll wait until the season ends this coming winter... I'll keep you posted!