Benidorm begins to install solar panels in 12 schools and public buildings


January 12, 2021
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Benidorm City Council has begun the procedures to develop the project that provides for the installation of solar panels in eight Infant and Primary Education schools and four municipal buildings to reduce CO2 emissions. This project "has a European grant of €520,000 euros granted to the City Council by the Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE), dependent on the Ministry of Ecological Transition", as recalled by the mayor, Toni Pérez. With this grant, 48% of the cost of the project is covered, which represents a global investment of €1,045,450.06 euros, with the City assuming the remaining 52%.

The mayor explained that the Local Government Board (JGL) has begun the process to contract the drafting of the installation projects for these photovoltaic panels in each of the 12 public buildings, for an amount of just over €62,000 euros ”.

Toni Pérez has detailed that the photovoltaic panels for self-consumption will be installed in the CEIP Ausiàs March, Bautista Lledó, La Cala, Mestre Gaspar López, Miguel Hérnandez, Sierra Helada, Vasco Núñez de Balboa and Els Tolls; as well as in the Municipal Infant School Les Fontanelles. In addition, modules will also be implemented in the La Torreta Social Center, the Palau d'Esports l'Illa - thus multiplying the existing ones - and the Drinking Water Treatment Station (ETAP). 

The mayor has stressed that “this project reaffirms our commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals; or what is the same, with sustainability, in this case, through the use of renewable energies and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions ”. “We are talking that once the installation of the 1,363 photovoltaic modules is completed in the 12 buildings indicated, we will be able to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 375 tons per year, a very important figure that is added to the reduction in emissions obtained in other actions already developed or to be implemented in the short and medium term ”, he underlined.

The installation of these solar panels will be done progressively and will be completed throughout 2022. The municipal budget for this year includes an investment of €522,770.53 euros, the same amount that will be allocated in the following year.

The mayor highlighted that in addition to the subsidy for this project, Benidorm has received another from IDAE, also linked to European funds, within the framework of the ERDF 2014-2020 Sustainable Growth operational program. It is a subsidy of €3,007,289.28 euros, which will be invested in improving the energy efficiency of more than 50% of the city's public lighting.