Spain is a lucky country in terms of the hours of sunshine it has. More than 2,800 hours of sunshine on average per year which allow the sun’s rays to be used like no other country in the European Union to generate clean, renewable and environmentally friendly energy.
In this sense, solar communities are becoming more common. Is about an alternative to the traditional energy production model in which users form a solar community to capture, generate and profit from the sun’s energy. Something that Iberdrola wants to promote in Andalusia.
What is a solar community
To begin with, we must clarify what is a solar community. It is a set of photovoltaic plates and panels that are located in a specific environment, which can be both residential and industrial.
The users who make up the solar community, They use roofs and rooftops to install photovoltaic panels which are responsible for capturing the energy from the sun to transform it, use what they need and redistribute the rest in other homes or nearby industries.
A solar community is located in a very specific geographical area, and different members participate in it who have either purchased a share or have subscribed to the community solar project. In this way, the members can benefit from the solar energy generatedeither because of the improvement obtained by eliminating part of the dependence on a traditional energy source, or because of the economic benefit that such participation generates on subsequent electricity consumption.
Furthermore, in this way save on installation costs. This modality has an advantage and that is that homes that are less than 2 km from the photovoltaic installation will not have to install solar panels in their homes.
New facilities in Andalusia
It is something that Iberdrola wants to promote in some areas of Andalusia, the region of Spain with the greatest number of hours of sunshine with an average of 3,283 hours of sunshine per year. Examples such as Huelva with 3,527 hours, Seville with 3,526, Cádiz with 3,316 and Almería with 3,305 hours serve to illustrate what we are talking about.
And for this reason, it is these geographical areas in which Iberdrola wants to set up new self-consumption facilities. These solar communities will be located in the towns of Torremolinos, Aracena, Seville, Villacarrillo, La Línea de la Concepción, San Juan del Puerto, Gibraleón, Puebla de Guzmán and Bollullos de la Mitación. They even have a map to find nearby solar communities and join them.
With this measure, more than 1,500 families grouped in 12 communities to consume local energy will be able to make their electricity bill lighter, reducing dependence on traditional energy sources in an estimated 30% savings based on the average consumption per home of 2,500 kWh per year. It is the first step, since these 12 communities will be joined by another 28, already under construction, which will be able to accommodate up to 5,000 consumers.
These twelve communities have the capacity to offer an energy power of 1083 kWp. On the one hand, they encourage self-consumption, and by avoiding having to use traditional energy sources, coming from fossil fuels, these environments are also more environmentally friendly by avoiding the emission of 9,700 tons of CO2 in the next few years. 30 years.
Via | The Economist
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