Work has started on a €10m ($14m) project to build Italy’s first Smart Grid.

Italian grid operator Enel Distribuzione is carrying out the project in the central Molise region.

It will feature devices to estimate the electricity generated by renewable energy sources, particularly wind and solar, and sensors to monitor grid volume and regulate power flow.

The project will also utilise Siemens-built energy storage batteries and see nearly 8,000 homes fitted with Smart Meters.

Last month, Enel’s renewables arm Enel Green Power secured funding of €112m for a series of wind farms in Romania that will have a total installed capacity of 118 MW.