We think that the solar source for energy production represents one of the main levers for the development of Sicily and of Mediterranean regions. The creation of an excellence centre on solar energy will activate processes for the generation of long term value, encouraging the transfer of know-how to the productive chains and the establishment of highly specialized new enterprises. In order to reinforce our role in the field of promotion of and research on advanced solar technologies, we have joined ANEST (National Association of Solar Thermal Energy), a no-profit organization founded in 2009 on the initiative of major Italian operators interested in developing the solar thermal market for the production of heat and electricity in our country. This choice was made to promote research and technological development for the use of the solar source and the rational use of energy and to contribute to the debate on new regulatory frameworks in the field of production, distribution and sale of electricity from CSP plants. ANEST recognized ARCA as honorary member, as they have already done with ENEA (the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development).