In this podcast, we hear more about the two ground-breaking solar energy projects within the Vatican City State and learn about other renewable energy projects in the pipeline.

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We hear from Mauro Villarini, an engineer who works for Vatican States technical services, about the progress of the project, which aims to make the Vatican into Europes most energy-efficient state.

Part of the project is to instal solar panels on the Paul VI Hall. These panels are expected to be functioning by the end of the year. The Papal Audience Hall was chosen because the structure of the building lends itself to panels and the construction will minimally change its look.

Of the close to 5,000 square meters (53,810 square feet) of the roofs surface, around 2,000 square meters (21,527 square feet) will be covered by the panels, while the rest will be used as a screen to increase the amount of captured energy.

In addition to this initiative, there is another project to use solar energy for heating and cooling water. And there are other projects involving alternative energy, planned for the near future and presently being developed.