Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Biomass and photovoltaic panels to reduce electricity bills of 147 municipalities in Barcelona

The town hall of Cercs, in Burgueda, plans to open between the next months of March and April a biomass boiler that will serve to heat its municipal sports hall and, since its construction, almost 45 years ago, no heating had happened, according to reports. As explained this morning by its mayor, Jesús Calderar. The 240,000-euro infrastructure will be financed through the Barcelona Provincial Council’s Renewables 2030 project, which has endowed a total of 120 million euros since its start-up. The most relevant figures of the program show that the 147 participating municipalities will be able to reduce their electricity bills by up to 35 million euros per year, thanks to the use of green sources, the deputy for climate action of the provincial unit Indicated, Zesco Gomer.

The provincial council plans to approve tomorrow the full allocation of 50 million euros until a global investment of 120 is completed, in addition to renewing public lighting, part with photovoltaic panels and biomass boilers in municipal facilities To make it more efficient to cover the works to be provided to the municipalities taking over. All work should be finished before the beginning of 2024.

Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by more than 50,000 tonnes

The initiative pursues a twin objective of reducing energy bills and limiting carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Specifically, the emission of 50,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide would stop. Calderer explained that in the case of Cercs, which is part of the Mancomunitat de Municipis Berguedans per a la Biomassa, “we can generate biomass from kilometer 0 at affordable prices; in addition, with this source we can help regenerate our forests.” do and reduce the risk of fire”.

Provincial councils assume up to 90% of the cost of new facilities with a maximum of 1.5 million euros per council. Centelles is another partner that has benefited from this program. “We are the first Catalan municipality to have a public solar park to generate energy”, highlights its mayor, Josep Pare. Photovoltaic panels will serve at the Gavra Industrial Estate and at Castel Francesca Macia.

Zesco Gomar, also a Matro councillor, says the surplus generated by the introduction of clean energy in the city will serve to reduce the bills of a hundred vulnerable families.

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