Baleares_Renovable¿Es posible que en un futuro toda la energía que se consume en las Islas Baleares sea de origen renovable? ¿Hay tecnologías renovables suficientemente maduras? ¿Qué potencial tienen las energías renovables en las Islas Baleares? ¿Tienen sentido las energías renovables en nuestra  Comunidad? ¿Qué actuaciones son necesarias para favorecer la penetración de las energías renovables?

Con el objeto de dar respuesta a estas y otras cuestiones relacionadas con las energías renovables y la eficiencia energética, la Dirección general de Industria i Energía ha elaborado el documento “Energías en las Islas Baleares: diagnóstico y líneas de actuación” que se presenta aquí para que las personas e instituciones interesadas nos puedan hacer llegar las aportaciones que consideren oportunas.

Para ello,  los enlaces que se encuentran a continuación proporcionan acceso a la descarga del documento y al formulario de participación.

Desde Terravita os invitamos a particpar activamente de esta iniciativa, enviando vuestras aportaciones a las lineas de actuación que se podrían poner en marcha, con el objetivo de que las Islas Baleares logren su independencia energética con las energías renovables.

Leer Documento completo y participar: “Energías en las Islas Baleares: diagnóstico y líneas de actuación”

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ayudas_subvencionesWith the objective to improve energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies in existing buildings, the minister of Industria through the “Instituto para la diversificacion y Ahorro de la energia” (IDEA) has put in motion a programme with a budget of 125 Million euros in subsidies.

Terravita will advise and guide you through all the necessary steps to obtain a subsidy. At the same time we offer our services to carry out all the improvements that are legible for the subsidy, such as; house insulation, improvements in solar thermal installation and lighting and the implementation of Biomass.  Which improvements are legible for a subsidy and in which modality? 1. House insulation. Subsidy without refund and refundable loan. 2.  Improvements in solar thermal installations and lighting (refundable loan) 3. Substitution of conventional energy systems with Biomass (refundable loan). 4. Substitution of conventional energy systems with geothermal energy. Who is legible to benefit from this programme? a. The owner or company of the building. b.  Owners of a property that is integrated into a community (comunidad de propietarios). c.   Household owners, or sole owners of an apartment blocks. d. . Companies that offer energy services. Conditions of refundable loan? Interest rate: Euribor + 0,0 % To be paid back within 12 years What is the date deadline to apply for the subsidy?  Applications to be handed in before the 30th of October 2015 MORE INFORMATION Phone: 971 33 82 02 Ext 3. email info@terravitarenovables.com or IDAE
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ayudas_subvencionesCon el fin de promover la mejora de la eficiencia energética y el uso de energías renovables en los edificios existentes del sector residencial, el Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo, a través del Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía (IDAE),  pone en marcha  un programa específico de ayudas y financiacióndotado con 125 millones de euros.

Terravita te asesorará en todo momento en la solicitud de la ayuda y te ofrece ejecutar todas las mejoras  en eficiencia energética que requiera tu vivienda u hotel, promovidas  por este programa de ayudas, como lo es la  mejora en la envolvente térmica, las mejoras en instalaciones térmicas e iluminación y la aplicación de biomasa.

 ¿Qué mejoras contarán con ayuda y cuál será la modalidad de ayuda?

1.Mejora de la eficiencia energética de la envolvente térmica. (se ayudará bajo la modalidad combinada de entrega dineraria sin contraprestación préstamo reembolsable)

2.Mejora de la eficiencia energética de las instalaciones térmicas y de iluminación. (se ayudará bajo la modalidad de préstamo reembolsable.)

3.Sustitución de energía convencional por biomasa en las instalaciones térmicas.  (se ayudará bajo la modalidad de préstamo reembolsable.)

4.Sustitución de energía convencional por energía geotérmica en las instalaciones térmicas.  (se ayudará bajo la modalidad de préstamo reembolsable.)

 ¿Quiénes podrán ser beneficiarios de las ayudas de este programa?

a.  las personas físicas y jurídicas propietarias de edificios de uso residencial (de uso hotelero y de uso vivienda).

b.  las comunidades de propietarios o las agrupaciones de comunidades de propietarios de edificios residenciales de uso vivienda, constituidas conforme a lo dispuesto por el artículo 5 de la Ley 49/1960, de 21 de julio, de Propiedad Horizontal.

c.  los propietarios de viviendas unifamiliares o los propietarios únicos de edificios de viviendas que reúnan los requisitos establecidos en el artículo 396 del Código Civil y no hubiesen otorgado el título constitutivo de propiedad horizontal.

d.  las empresas de servicios energéticos.

¿Cuáles son las condiciones de los préstamos reembolsables?

Tipo de interés: Euribor + 0,0 %

Plazo máximo de amortización de los préstamos: 12 años (incluido un período de carencia opcional de 1 año)

 ¿Cuál es la fecha límite para  para solicitar la ayuda?

Las ayudas podrán solicitarse hasta el 30 de octubre de 2015.

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6The owners of the finca had the firm proposition of generating the maximum amount of power using the least square metre space possible; this being the only available space they had to generate solar energy. That was how they decide to opt for the efficient solar module Electronic NeoN made by LG, that although having the same dimensions as a 230 W model has a nominal power of 290 W; i.e. an extra 60 Watts using the same amount of space was achieved. 

The installation consists of 16 solar photovoltaic modules of 290 Watts each inclined at an angle of 20º, comprising a solar generator of 4.64 kW that can produce a total of 7,060 kWh for the house over a year.

As the system was conceived on a modular bases, and thinking about scalability, a more powerful solar inverter was installed: a Sunny Tripower 8000 that can handle the extension of the solar generator until the point of being able to convert 12,200 kWh/year.

1 The owners of the installation believe in renewable energies and now have the opportunity to verify first-hand the efficiency and reliability of generating solar energy with their own installation that at the same time gives them energy autonomy.

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6La firme decisión de los propietarios de esta vivienda era tener la mayor potencia solar posible en la menor cantidad de metros cuadrados: era el espacio con el que contaban para generar electricidad solar. Así fue como se decidieron por el eficiente módulo Solar Fotovoltaico de LG Electronic Neon que con la mismas dimensiones de un módulo de 230 W,  tiene una potencia de 290 W.

La instalación cuenta con 16 módulos fotovoltaicos de 290 W  a una inclinación de 20º para un total de 4.640 kW que proveen a la vivienda de 7.060 kWh/año.

Al ser instalaciones modulares y ampliables, se ha instalado un inversor solar de mayor potencia: un Sunny Tripower 8000, que podrá soportar la ampliación del campo solar  hasta el punto de generar 12200 kWh/año.

1Los dueños de la instalación creen en las renovables y ahora podrán comprobar de primera mano  la eficiencia y fiabilidad  de la electricidad solar con su propia instalación que además de electricidad les da su independencia energética. 

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3With the abundant amount of sun we have on Ibiza it is not necessary to burn any diesel. In the middle of the country side near the town of San Rafael the incessant and irritating noise of the diesel generator which provided electricity to a villa has stopped; giving way to a solar generator of 20 kW which covers all the electricity needs that the owner requires to run his house.

80 photovoltaic solar modules provide 100% renewable and free electricity to the owner of the villa who confided in renewable energies and now observes with great satisfaction the reliability of the solar system that was switched on the past 24th of July.

The owner of the installation has reason to be tranquil. He acquired his very own three phased electrical grid of 400/230V tension and a frequency of 50 Hz, which can hold peak loads of up to 55 kW. The grid gets its energy from a 20 KW solar field that covers the electrical demand and at the same time can store sufficient energy in an extraordinary battery bank capable of storing 162,24 kWh disposable in 10 hours. 5

The peace of mind is complete when the owner of the installation can accede to his installation via a computer or his mobile from anywhere in the world, to verify and control the functioning of his installation, the data of the solar production, the consumption and the amount of accumulated energy: all in real time.

Another satisfied client, another client with who is  energetically independent , another client that has confided in Terravita

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3Con el abundante sol de Ibiza, no hace falta quemar más gasoil. En medio del campo, en la zona de San Rafael, ha parado de sonar el incesante y molesto motor de un generador que proveía de luz a una vivienda para dar paso a una instalación solar fotovoltaica de 20 kW que cubre en su totalidad las necesidades de electricidad que nos planteaba el dueño de la vivienda.

80 módulos fotovoltaicos que proveen electricidad cien por ciento  renovable y gratuita al dueño de este chalet que  ha apostado por las renovables y que observa con satisfacción la fiabilidad del sistema de electricidad solar que se ha puesto en marcha el pasado 24 de julio.

5El dueño de la vivienda tiene motivos para estar tranquilo. Ha adquirido una red eléctrica propia, trifásica, de tensión 400/230V y frecuencia 50Hz, que admite consumos pico de hasta 55 kW. La red toma como fuente de energía un campo solar fotovoltaico de 20 kW nominales que cubrirá la demanda eléctrica y al mismo tiempo acumulará suficiente energía en un extraordinario banco de baterías con una capacidad de almacenamiento de 162,24 kWh disponibles en 10 horas. 

La tranquilidad es completa cuando el dueño  de la instalación accede desde cualquier ordenador o móvil, y desde cualquier lugar del mundo, a verificar y controlar el funcionamiento de su instalación, los datos de producción solar, sus  consumos  y la acumulación de energía: siempre en tiempo real.

Un cliente más, satisfecho con una instalación Terravita, un cliente más, con independencia energética.

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The Consell de Govern agreed this past Friday (Agu,2013), following a proposal of the Conselleria de Hacienda y Presupuestos, to modify the strategic plan on subsidies and to include three new grant lines destined to promote renewable energies in the height of 1.35 Million euros.

subvencionesThis information was delivered by the Governs spokesperson Nuria Riera, who stated in the posterior press conference that the call falls within the Governs efforts to increase the presence and use of renewable energies on the Balearic Islands.

Within this effort to promote renewable energies, one has to highlight the petition of the Balearic Government to the Central Government the need to establish a special payment incentive for renewable energies on the Balearic Islands. A petition that has reaped some reward as the Central government has committed itself to pass an according law which is imminent.

The objective of this special set of rules is to make these energies more profitable on the islands and to stimulate investments in this field.

In short, the new grant lines which are included in the plan belong to the Direccion general de Industria and the Energia de la Conselleria de Economia y Competividad who destined these to encourage the installation of solar photovoltaic energy for own consumption in local administrations (500,000€) and in companies (700,000€), and also to promote wind energy for own use in public buildings (157.000 €).

In the three cases, the expectation is to increase the electrical generation capacity of renewable energies, reduce the energetic costs and to foment economical activity.

Another of the initiatives of the Govern is the installation of solar modules on administrative buildings, for example educational centres or the headquarters of the Conselleria de Economia y Competividad.

In reference to this information the IB3 television talked to Terravita Renovables about some of their installations on Ibiza which appeared on the news.

See news on the Teledario of IB3>>
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El Govern incorpora ayudas para las energías renovables por 1,35 millones

subvencionesEl Consell de Govern de este viernes ha acordado, a propuesta de la Conselleria de Hacienda y Presupuestos, la modificación del plan estratégico de subvenciones para incorporar tres nuevas líneas de ayudas destinadas al fomento de las energías renovables por un -importe de 1,35 millones de euros.

Así lo ha informado la portavoz del Govern, Nuría Riera, en rueda de prensa posterior, quien ha precisado que estas convocatorias se enmarcan en las esfuerzos del Govern para incrementar la presencia y la utilización de estas energías a las Islas Baleares.

Dentro de estos esfuerzos, hay que destacar la petición del Ejecutivo autonómico al Gobierno central de establecer un régimen retributivo especial para las energías renovables en las Islas Baleares, solicitud que ha tenido sus frutos, puesto que recientemente el Estado se ha comprometido a aprobarlo de forma inminente.

El objetivo de este régimen específico es hacer rentables estas energías en el archipiélago e incentivar la inversión en este ámbito, tal y como ha explicado la portavoz del Ejecutivo autonómico.

En concreto, las nuevas líneas que se incorporan al plan corresponden a la Dirección general de Industria y Energía de la Conselleria de Economía y Competitividad y están destinadas a fomentar la energía solar fotovoltaica para el autoconsumo en administraciones locales (500.000 euros) y en empresas (700.000 euros), así como a promocionar la energía eólica para el autoconsumo en administraciones locales (157.000 euros).

En los tres casos, se pretende aumentar la capacidad de generación eléctrica a partir de fuentes renovables, reducir los gastos energéticos y fomentar la actividad económica.

Otra iniciativa del Govern en este sentido es la instalación de placas fotovoltaicas en edificios públicos de la administración, como por ejemplo centros educativos o la sede de la Conselleria de Economía y Competitividad.

Julio, 2013. Europa Press

Terravita en el telediario de IB3 con algunas de sus instalaciones en Ibiza.  Ver noticia en el teledario de IB3>>

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Ultima_Hora“The sun and air are there; the energy is free, the only things you need are the machines”. Julian Watson Todd has no doubt that renewable energies are the future, and for this reason, he and the rest of the Terravita team have set themselves the goal of putting Ibiza on the map in relation to clean energies, which is definitely not the case at present. While in some European countries 30% of their energy comes from renewable sources, Ibiza does not even reach a 1%, despite that one of the main sources of energy, namely the sun, is a great allay, and, as Julian assures “even the central government recently admitted that it is cheaper to produce energy on the Balearic and Canary islands with renewable energies than with conventional ones”.

While he crosses his fingers waiting for the passing of the new regulation laws for the promotion of renewable energies on the Balearic Islands, this Ibicenc with English and German roots admits that many people are skeptical about solar and rebuts arguments like “one cannot have the same standard of living with renewable energies” or that “the systems are too complicated”. Long gone are the days where special fridges had to be bought because one had to use direct current. For this very reason everyday there are more private home owners or business men on the island who bet on renewables, but now with a double motive: the environmental issue and the other, which is gathering momentum, to save money on electricity bills, however there are obstacles. While during the interview Julian was confident about the new regulations on net metering which contemplated the possibility of selling or reutilizing the excess energy produced from the solar system, yesterday the draft or the law was exposed and not only does it not contemplate that possibility but introduces a new toll which puts up the tariff by 27% for those who opt for producing their own energy instead of the conventional one.

“Unplugged”

Toni Roig, owner of the restaurant “Es Jardins de Fruitera, in Santa Gertrudis decided one good morning to unplug himself from the electricity grid. One year later he is satisfied and his installation has become the largest registered installation on the Balearic Islands. “We had a problem because the contracted power was not sufficient and Endesa asked for a new transformer to be built which was extremely expensive” Julian recalls. The first resort was the use of two diesel generators that were on 24 hours a day, the cost in diesel was prohibitive and so it was decided to make an investment in a renewable stand-alone power supply where the generator would only act as an emergency. “The heart of this technologically advanced system is an intelligent energy manager which decides where to obtain the energy from” Julian explains, standing in the interior of the technical room were all the various elements are: the inverters that change DC into AC (standard house current), the intelligent manager, and the battery bank that can accumulate 288 kW of energy enough to run a small flat for a whole month without any sunlight.

After the boom that the renewable energies experienced a few years ago “with excess feed in tariffs which now the state has to pay”, now, after the recent passed law on the electrical reform a new energy panorama is written.

The energy consumers suffer continuous increases in electricity bills but the doors are opening to the democratization of the energy we use, although the latest news could put Spain in the rear compared to its European counter parts. “There are two modalities in grid connected systems. One, where one sells the totality of the energy produced and the other based upon the self-consumption concept where one produced one’s own energy which in effect allows anyone to be an energy producer”, resumed this well informed man of the ins and outs of the system.

Solar trackers

Jennifer Buckle, an English woman who lives on the island also decided to invest in renewable energies. Her house which is located in the countryside near the village of Santa Gertrudis works with solar energy thanks to a system designed with solar trackers. “The owners did not want any solar modules on the roof for aesthetic reasons, and since they had lots of terrain we decided to install them in a nearby field with a solar tracking system that achieves maximum efficiency as the trackers follow the sun”, the man in charge of Terravita explained, who is accustomed to find tailor made solutions for the clients.  Every generated Kilowatt produced by the modules (there are five modules per tracker producing 1250 Watts) is carbon dioxide that is not released into the atmosphere. In Jennifer Buckles case, who also works from home and does not want any unpleasant surprises a backup system was also connected which is also connected to the electricity grid (Endesa) in case there is a black out.

The modalities are as varied as the clients requirements. Big investments are not always necessary, in fact, in Italy, Julian points out “the solar modules are hung on the balconies”. In Ibiza it is still rare to see the small house owner buying solar modules for his flat rooftop. Then again, there are pioneer projects like the hybrid house that a renowned architect has asked Terravita to power. A house that will produce all its energy through three systems available on Ibiza: solar energy, wind turbines and biomass.

There those, that do not even want a generator in their house, not even for emergencies. Is this possible? Can one be totally independent only using renewable energies? “An Ibicencan resident wanted just that, and we said no problem but he would have to vary some of his living habits” Julian recalls. With an investment of 40,000 € “with a good payback” his house works 100% with renewable energy. “The trick is to use more when more is produced. For example, washing machines should be used during the day and in cases of need the intelligent energy manager will block off certain circuits which could be the pool pump or the Jacuzzi”.

On a mountainous island with isolated house doted around the countryside another valid option are the micro grids that allows various houses to be connected amongst themselves. The future, according to Julian is a balanced energy mix.

Generate electricity and clean the forests

The necessary energy to heat the Santa Eulalia municipal swimming pool is presently being produced by a Biomass boiler, a system that uses wood chips (or wood pellets) and other natural residues such as olive stones or nut shells, and, as Mariano Juan the Conseller de Industria de Eivissa explains, has a double benefit for the island: “Savings by not having to use diesel fuel and the cleaning of the forests”. His next objective is the swimming pool of Es Raspaller, a project that is still pending funding. “We hope to start before the end of the year and if all goes well and it works it could be used in the new hospital”.

Despite the reduction in subsidies he is confident about the future of renewable energies in Ibiza, especially solar energy “with less visual impact than the wind turbines”. He confirms that they are studying at this very moment a new set of regulations included in the electrical reform and thinks “that it is possible that on the islands that renewable energies are more profitable than conventional forms of energy generation taking into an account that they have improved in efficiency”.

 
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