Italy: Summary

Updated: 07.02.2019

Author: Jasmin Schwarz

Support schemes

A price-based scheme (Conto Termico) is in place in Italy for small RES-H sources. Heat pumps (aerothermal, geothermal, hydrothermal), biomass and solar thermal are eligible technologies and the incentive is granted for a period varying between 2 and 5 years. Furthermore, a tax regulation system is currently in place for the promotion of RES-H. Conto Termico and Tax detractions are not combinable. 

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Grid issues

In Italy, district heating and cooling networks are managed at local level. National legislation provides only the framework legislation. DL 28/11, Art. 22, c. 3 provides an obligation for all municipalities above 50,000 inhabitants to establish, in cooperation with provincial authorities and coherently with the regional energy plans, development plans for district heating and cooling networks with the aim to increase usage of the energy produced also from RES. Municipalities below 50,000 inhabitants can also develop such plans, however there is no obligation in place.

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In Italy, training programmes are developed at regional level. Certificates of installed plants is obligatory. All new or refurbished buildings must integrate RES, with an additional 10% to the obligation level for public buildings. A guarantee fund is in place for supporting district heating network development. In addition, a loan can also be used for supporting investment in RES plants.

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Further information

  • Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare – Ministry of Environment
  • +39 065 72 21
  • website
  • URP(at)
  • Federazione Italiani Produttori di Energia da Fonti Rinnovabili (Fiper) – Italian Producer of Renewable Energy Federation
  • +39 034 270 62 78
  • website
  • info(at)