The productive sector of renewable energy you are having a good time. The association of Metal Entrepreneurs of l’Alcoià and El Comtat (ASEMAC) highlights the importance of the cluster in the area and its continuous growth. It should also be remembered that the entity is part of the Business Federation of l’Alcoià and El Comtat (FEDAC).
The president of ASEMAC, Alfonso Díaz, defends that “Self-consumption is on the rise in a decided way”, in part, “thanks to the elimination of the so-called ‘sun tax’, which penalized solar panel installations.” According to Díaz, once this rate has been exceeded, “the sector has taken off and has become one of the most emerging in the state and the region.”
The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic “has devastated all productive sectors,” and, in fact, “in the quarter of severe confinement, it was completely paralyzed,” recalls the head of the business entity. The growth forecasts for 2019 “were 300%, a figure impossible to achieve given the current situation.”
However, and according to Alfonso Díaz, “from May-June, the majority of female engineers returned to work, the facilities skyrocketed and were an important driver of the demand for electrical and mechanical professionals” in l’Alcoià and El Comtat .
From ASEMAC they put as an example of the figures reached the company Industrias Seguí, based in Alcoy and which is dedicated to the manufacture of photovoltaic structures for the national market and also for export. According to Alfonso Díaz, “this year we have manufactured structures for more than 30MW, or what is the same, 1,500,000 kilos of metals transformed in our facilities and transported in more than 100 trailers.” This business movement, as stressed by the president of the entity, “favors the emergence of new businesses and strengthens the auxiliary industries settled in the Alcoy and Foia de Castalla area.
From the employers’ association of the metal sector they influence that “self-consumption allows any company, industry or individual to consume the energy they produce in their own home”, normally on the roof, thanks to solar panels. This represents “notable energy savings”, they insist, but also “contributes in an exceptional way to the pollution reduction, avoiding the discharge into the atmosphere of CO2 ».
In this sense, Alfonso Díaz points out that «we have manufactured more than 400MW, with which the dumping of 540,000 tons of CO2 per year is avoided and electricity is produced to supply 196,000 homes».
The representative of the sector also highlights that “photovoltaic solar energy allows us to generate a good part of the electricity we consume, thus the electricity bill is significantly reduced.” In addition, he insists, “the supply is guaranteed at all times by remaining connected to the network.”
Díaz considers it important to highlight that “a typical installation pays for itself in less than 10 years”, and from its start-up “it is possible to obtain an annual saving of around 800 euros in electricity.”
Regarding its benefits for the environment, this way of generating electricity is free of fossil fuels, since it does not require any combustion process, and, therefore, does not emit any type of pollution into the atmosphere.
For this reason, «thanks to the installation of self-consumption we can contribute effectively in the fight against climate change. In fact, by means of a standard particular installation it is possible to avoid the annual emission of up to 975 kilos of CO2, ”explains Alfonso Díaz.
Other advantages of this type of photovoltaic installations, as detailed by the president of ASEMAC, is that they are durable and resistant to the weather, can exceed 40 years of useful life, and are silent, they can go unnoticed despite being in operation.
The municipalities also place solar panels
There are many municipalities that are installing solar panels in public buildings, as is the case in Alcoy. In this municipality they already have photovoltaic structures in the Francisco Laporta sports center, the Eduardo Latorre sports center and nursery schools, and the intention of the government team is to continue incorporating this system in other buildings.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.