Who We Are

Novapower has been working in the Renewable Energy sector since 2008. It currently owns and manages 12 photovoltaic plants, for a total installed peak power of 11 MW. Novapower is active across the whole value chain, from scouting and opportunity identification, up to the plant operations management. It pursues the maximization of the shareholder value, but always taking into account the context where it operates and accommodating the other stakeholders’ needs.

Novapower is headquartered in Fabriano, in the Marche, in Rovereto, in Trentino and in Milano, and tries to leverage local resources as much as possible. It is a Merloni Holding company. Merloni Holding, owned by the Merloni Family, is the majority shareholder of Ariston Thermo, one of the leading heating and thermic comfort players in the world, with about 7.000 employees, manufacturing facilities in 13 countries and a yearly turnover of more than 1,5 billion €.

Chairman of Board of Directors

Joining Merloni Group in 2018, he is currently Investment Director of Merloni Holding and Chairman of Thermowatt, a Group company. Previously, Carlo worked in Veolia in France from 2013 to 2018 (SVP Development, Innovation and Markets); in McKinsey&Company in Italy from 2000 to 2013 (Partner in the Energy sector) and in Jenbacher Energiesysteme from 1993 to 1998 (various positions in Austria, Italy and Spain). Carlo obtained an MBA at Insead (France) and a degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin. He has two children with whom he loves sailing, going to the mountains and traveling. He is an amateur but passionate sculptor and fencer.


Board Member

Sisto Merolla, Board Member. Within the Merloni Group since 2007, currently based in Switzerland as Service Marketing, Business Development and Operations Senior Director in Ariston Thermo. He has been Novapower CEO from 2011 to 2017, and previously Ariston Thermo Business Development and Strategic Planning Manager. Prior to that, he was a Manager in McKinsey&Co, leading operations and strategy projects for large industrial clients. He holds a Telecommunications Engineering Master of Science Summa cum Laude from the University of Naples (1996) and a Master in Business Administration with Distinction from the Harvard Business School (2002). He is married, with three children. In his spare time he produces and performs theatre shows for charity, and he is currently director and producer at Aur Bach School Musical in Cernusco sul Naviglio.


Giacomo Cingolani, Operations and Safety. He joined Ariston Thermo Group in 2009, to work on the Environmental and Safety certifications of the Arcevia Thermowatt and Serra de’ Conti Ariston Thermo Solar Unit plants. From 2010 to 2012 he managed the connection to the Grid of all Novapower plants. In 2012 he was the Project Manager of the construction of the latest Novapower Photovoltaic plant in Resana. He currently supports the Asset Management and is in charge of Safety (HSE and ASPP) for all the Novapower Plants. Giacomo holds a Degree in Sustainable Development Technologies from the University of Camerino (2006) and an Energy Manager Certificate from Enea Bologna (2009). In his spare time he likes to cook and play guitar.

Marco Plebani, Asset Manager. He joined Novapower in 2009, as a Project Manager, in charge of managing the construction of several Novapower’s plants. He then specialized in O&M and asset management. He holds a Thermomechanics Engineering Degree from the University of Ancona (2009). A true sports fan, Marco was a skier and an amateur football player. He likes to travel, read, go to the cinema and listen to good music.

Alessandro Gentili, Business Development Manager. He managed the construction of several Novapower plants as Project Manager, from 2008 to 2011. He now works on the scouting and development of new business initiatives, ranging from wind farm and hydropower plants developments to energy efficiency. Alessandro holds a Thermomechanics Engineering Degree from the University of Ancona (2008). An avid book reader, and travelling and cinema passionate, he runs an independent music records production company and writes music and cinema critiques and reviews.

Stefania Villella, Administration, Finance and Control. Prior to joining Novapower in 2012, she worked for over 10 years as an administrative and accounting specialist for Sony Bmg Music Entertainment S.p.A., Saint-Gobain PPC Italia S.p.A. and Redilco Real Estate S.p.A.