Benidorm gets €3 million from the European fund to reduce electricity consumption by about 79%


July 31, 2020
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The Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), under the Ministry of Ecological Transition, has awarded the Benidorm City Council a grant of €3,007,289 from European funds to improve energy efficiency of more than 50% of the public lighting of the city, as reported by the mayor, Toni Pérez.

The City Council fully approved to participate in this open call for projects of local entities that favor the transition to a low carbon economy, within the framework of the ERDF Sustainable Growth 2014-2020 operational program. This grant is in addition to the one confirmed a few weeks ago also by the IDAE for an amount of €520,270.58, from European funds, for the installation of solar panels in eight schools and several municipal buildings.

The mayor explained that "with this intervention we are going to significantly reduce energy costs, achieving savings of almost 79%, and at the same time we are going to improve environmental protection by reducing CO2 emissions by 2,422.78 tons per year" . The project, valued at €6,014,578, covers "a large part of the installation of public lighting in Benidorm, up to 7,808 lights and 132 command centers."

Toni Pérez has detailed that the luminaires that are intended to be installed are 'led' technology - “much more efficient than the current ones” - and will be equipped with a system that will enable the individual luminous flux to be switched on, off or regulated depending on the of the different night hours and types of roads, adjusting to the needs of citizens.

The Mayor stressed that "this ambitious project drawn up by municipal technicians is in line with what is established in the City Council's Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), on the basis of which in recent years part of the lighting has been renewed .

Under the terms of the call, the selected projects will receive European funds to pay for half the project; while the remaining 50% must be assumed by the local administration. In this case, the Benidorm City Council will finance €3 million of the project.

Toni Pérez pointed out that “this project reaches all the neighborhoods of Benidorm, since it proposes acting on the first line of Levante and Poniente, in the Ensanche de Levante, Colonia Madrid, Casco Antiguo, Centro area, Calvari, La Cala, Els Tolls, Rincón de Loix, the main accesses to the city, Salt de l'Aigua, Alfredo Corral, surroundings of Vía Parque, Finca Barrina, Mercasa, Ciudad Deportiva Guillermo Amor and Parque de l'Aigüera, among others ”.

The mayor has stressed that "with projects like this we continue to bet on the implementation of all technological advances that allow us to be more efficient and more respectful with the environment every day, reducing CO2 emissions and thereby improving the quality of life of the citizens".

Once the aid award resolution has been notified and accepted, the City Council has 30 months to develop the entire project.