The Menorca Biosphere Reserve Agency, under the Insular Council, has launched a project to incorporate grid-connected photovoltaic self-consumption facilities in several public buildings on the island. The first project of such initiative will be the social-health center of Santa Rita (Ciutadella) where a 100 kWp plant will be installed on the roof of the building.
The project´s goal is to install a self-consumption photovoltaic power plant connected to the building’s internal network, as well as the installation preventive and corrective maintenance over the next eight years.
The installation will be located on the roof of the building, which is a challenge since the architecture of the building makes it necessary to organize the photovoltaic installation strategically around holes and volumes that alter the ground plan of the roof surface, the Insular Council of Menorca explains in a statement.
The photovoltaic generator will have a power of 100kWp, which will involve the installation of high efficiency panels. According to initial calculations, an annual output of 163.7 MWh / year will be achieved, allowing for the reduction of 22% consumption of electricity from the grid with an economic saving of approximately 16,000 € / year.
Menorca Biosphere Reserve Agency
The contract to carry out this project´s work was signed last July 11, 2017 with the company that was awarded the public tender, Gamma Solutions, a technology group specializing in energy and information technology and communication projects, with branches in Madrid, UK and several countries in Latin America.
The production data will be made accessible in real time through the Gama monitoring system, which will also allow visualizing the generated solar energy production, besides setting alarms in the event of incidents, making the maintenance work easier and allowing improvements in the installation operation.
The Insular Council of Menorca presented this project at the 2016 call for aid launched by the General Directorate of Energy and Climate Change of the Government of the Balearic Islands for the implementation of photovoltaic energy installations for public administrations and was awarded a maximum grant of 120,000 €, which is 50% co-financed through the ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Program of the Balearic Islands. The solar panels installation works will begin next September 1st.