Is this a significant step toward self-sufficiency, or is the price of electricity in Valencia beginning to hurt, but Alicante City Council is hard at work devising a way to go off the grid
Alicante city authorities began disconnecting from the grid in response to a significant increase in the cost of electricity in Valencia Province and Spain. The City Council of Alicante announced last week that it intends to cut traditional electricity consumption by a whopping 26% beginning next year. This will be possible because 30 municipal buildings and sites will take a decisive step toward self-sufficiency.
The authorities will begin installing photovoltaic solar panels on municipal properties for this purpose, at a cost of nearly one million euros. According to reports, the entire installation process will take six months.
The initiative is currently in the tendering stage. It will not include any electrical power storage, but it will include a system for measuring and recording solar data as well as power production and consumption data at the properties.
The sites include a wide range of municipal structures such as offices, markets, community centers, sports centers, healthcare facilities, and firefighters, among others.
The City Council expects that this ambitious project will reduce the network’s imported energy consumption from 612,701 kWh per year to 454,120 kWh per year. A 26% reduction which will be added to the savings in electricity bills provided by the Alicante energy self-sufficiency plan for local schools for the past year. Quite a big saving, considering the high price of electricity in Valencia Community.
“It’s a fantastic project to promote sustainability and energy savings in our city, especially now that kilowatt-hour prices have skyrocketed and tripled compared to a year ago,” said Infrastructure Councilor José Ramón González.
“The City Council thus takes a further step in its commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency, in this case in collaboration with the Ministry for Ecological Transition,” he concluded.
A daring move and a good example of local governments leading the way in terms of energy transition to alternative sources.