Centrale Idroelettrica Isola

THE ABANDONED POWER PLANT IN ITALY

‘Centrale Idroelettrica Isola’ is a hydroelectric plant. It was the first in the North of Italy and at that time, one of the largest in Europe. Construction work began in 1907 with a dam, to create a big lake that was used a reservoir.

The dam and power station were built by the ‘Società Generale Elettrica dell’Adamello’, one of the first electro-commercial companies, established in Milan in 1907. Production started in 1910.

The power plant uses the rivers that flow naturally into the basin. Lake Arno as it is called is a basin of 14 square kilometers. The buildings of the power station were enlarged in the years 1917-18 and modified in some parts in the year 1929. The plant had an annual production of about 180 million Kwh. The water used by the Isola power station is collected and transported to the basins of the power station of Cedegolo Here it is used again.

In the second half of the 1960s construction work began on the ‘Centrale idroelettrica di San Fiorano’. This brand new centrale went into service in the early 1970s. That led to the definitive abandonment of the Isola plant in 1974. The buildings are protected. I visited the ‘Centrale Idroelettrica Isola’ in 2014 on my roadtrip through Italy.

Built 1907
Abandoned 1974
Endangered
Centrale Idroelettrica Isola
Centrale Idroelettrica Isola
Centrale Idroelettrica Isola
Centrale Idroelettrica Isola
Centrale Idroelettrica Isola
Centrale Idroelettrica Isola
Centrale Idroelettrica Isola
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