Renewable Energy User
Since 2004 the heat energy from the ice skating dome is used to heat the nearby buildings (council, kindergarten, elementary school, and tennis hall) .
Since 2002 hydroelectric power is generated in Alta Badia. ( about 500.000 kW per year).
Since 2009 the ice skating dome has a photovoltaic system (165 kW)
Alta Badia Claims Pony Powered Lift Is Eco-Friendliest In The Alps
Italy’s Alta Badia has been investing in environmental politics with natural parks and ecologically friendly houses, biomass remote heating and the creation of clean energy for many years before the current climate change debate began.
The resort believes that it is home to the most original and at the same time most eco-friendly ski lift in the Alps, located near Armentarola and linking the Lagazuoi/Armentarola ski run to the Skicarosello region.
It basically consists of a long rope that the skiers hold onto and a sledge powered by a “green” engine – a pair of noriker horses. The pull runs on hay and fodder so does not burn any fossil fuels, however the climate changing methane gas produced has not been measured. There is a similar system on the ski run from S.Croce to Badia connecting the run to the Oies/Tana dell’Orso restaurant.
Communal Green Heating System
In another of Alta Badia’s villages, La Villa remote heating reaches over 300 users through a pipeline that carries water at a temperature of 85 degrees. The remote heating plant reduces dependency on oil and makes for a notably more “livable” environment by reducing the emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere. The system runs on wood chip waste from saw mills. In addition a photovoltaic system, positioned on the roof of the biomass building, generates about 24.000 KWh