The City Council of Vandellòs and l’Hospitalet de l’Infant has decided to make a clear commitment to photovoltaic energy. Up to 15 more municipal buildings located in the coastal area are now also supplied with it -the Viver d’Empreses and the Viver Tecnològic were already doing so- with the aim of reducing consumption and electricity bills, improving efficiency and at the same time promoting the use of renewables.
The installation of a total of 804 solar panels on the roofs of the municipal swimming pool and pavilion, with an investment of 206,000 euros, will allow the City Council an economic saving of 33,831 euros per year and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 48 tons per year. The company Elecnor SA Servicios y Proyectos has been commissioned to carry out the work.
Two thirds of all the solar panels have been placed on the pool deck: 524 to be exact, which will produce 145,708 kilowatt hours per year. These figures mean that the installation is already supplied by itself (both to heat the sheet of water and the showers and changing rooms, lighting and electrical current of the enclosure). It also grants the council an annual economic saving of 16,170 euros and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 23 tons per year.
Meanwhile, another 280 photovoltaic panels have been installed in the sports hall. As in the swimming pool, they guarantee self-consumption and will also allow the building and other municipal facilities located within a radius of 500 meters to be supplied with electricity.
Specifically, the energy will reach the Escola Aster buildings, the Social Welfare office, the Cal Forn Tourism office, the Casa Cultura Blanca d’Anjou, the Casal d’Avis, the Center Cultural Infant Pere, the Center de Visitors of the Coll de Balaguer Hospital; the pediment of Casal Hifrensa; the Sol i Vent nursery; the municipal brigade store located on Estació street; the School of Music; the Escola Mestral and its dining room.
The photovoltaic solar production generated from the roof of the sports hall will account for a total of 158,114 kilowatt hours/year. They represent an annual saving of 17,661 euros and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 25 tons per year.
The mayor of Vandellòs i l’Hospitalet de l’Infant, Alfons Garcia, explains regarding this investment in photovoltaics that now supplies another 15 municipal buildings that «the energy transformation of the municipality was one of the challenges for this mandate. The next objectives are the implantation of photovoltaic in industrial buildings of the polygon and then for the neighbors».
In Vandellòs, forest biomass
In the inner core of Vandellòs, the town hall has opted for forest biomass, another energy supply system that is more economical, sustainable and, at the same time, respectful of the environment.
Specifically, it installed a forest biomass boiler and a heating network in the Vandellòs school area, which have been serving the Escola Valdelors and the Patufets nursery since last February, to combat the low temperatures of winter.
This same system was already being used since last winter in two other municipal facilities of Vandellòs itself: the Town Hall and the multipurpose assistance center. This last building has a continuous influx of users as it offers four different services: the day center and the residence for the elderly, the Casal d’Avis and the doctor’s office.
The City Council of Vandellòs i l’Hospitalet de l’Infant also launched, last year, subsidies for individuals and companies for investments in photovoltaic or mini-wind installations for individual self-consumption in single-family homes, in residential buildings (individual self-consumption or shared) and in companies (industrial buildings and premises).