Benidorm receives €520,000 of European funds to install solar panels in schools and public buildings


July 15, 2020
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The Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), under the Ministry of Ecological Transition, has awarded Benidorm City Council a grant of €520,270.58 from European funds for the installation of photovoltaic / solar panels in "eight schools and several municipal buildings ”, as announced by the mayor, Toni Pérez. The City Council fully approved to participate in this open call for projects for local entities that favour the transition to a low carbon economy, within the framework of the ERDF Sustainable Growth 2014-2020 operational program.

The mayor explained that “the IDAE has approved the project drafted by the municipal technicians which is advancing our sustainability strategy and our commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, in this case promoting energy savings , increasing the use of renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions ”.

Specifically, and according to the calculations of the municipal technicians, "with the installation of the 1,363 solar panels provided by this project, we will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 375 tons per year."

Toni Pérez he also said that solar panes are going to be installed in the CEIP Ausiàs March, Bautista Lledó, La Cala, Mestre Gaspar López, Miguel Hérnandez, Sierra Helada, Vasco Núñez de Balboa and Els Tolls; as well as at the Les Fontanelles Municipal Children's School. In addition, the project also includes the implementation of modules in the La Torreta Social Center, the Palau d'Esports l'Illa - thus multiplying the existing ones - and the Wastewater Treatment Station (ETAP). 

The mayor has clarified that "the amount of European funds that we are going to receive represents 50% of the total cost of the project, and based on the terms of the project and as we have already fully committed ourselves, the City Council will invest the remaining 50% ”.