SOLAR ENERGY - Promoting the use of solar energy by the primary sector in the Balearic islands
A pilot project to demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of using solar energy.
The Balearic islands import 96% of the energy they consume. As a result, energy on the islands is expensive and this increases production costs in the agricultural sector. The project, promoted by the LAG Eivissa-Formentera, provided information and technical support to five agricultural cooperatives and slaughterhouses on the islands of Eivissa and Formentera, so that they could produce solar energy for self-consumption. In this way, the project increased their economic and environmental sustainability, while at the same time contributing to the transition towards a low carbon economy.
The feasibility studies provided the five participating entities with proposals that would enable them to achieve energy self sufficiency of around 26% to 67%.
All five participating entities proceeded to implement the measures proposed in the feasibility studies.
In response to the very high level of interest in producing energy for self consumption, a spinoff project was designed. It will support the preparation of 55 feasibility studies to assess energy production potential, and will be aimed at farms and food industries.