Energy is getting social in Valencia

Las Naves Brillen is a pioneering project to invest in clean energy and make it social, as a further step towards Valencia climate neutrality by 2030.

04 Apr 2022 - NEWS RELEASE

It’s a hard time for energy, the cost of resources is rising as never before, and people are forced to save energy and money. However, sometimes a severe crisis can bring about new opportunities. That’s what is happening in Valencia thanks to Las Naves Brillen, an initiative being developed in the local district Poblats Marítims under the brand “El Marítim Innova”, as part of the MAtchUP project. Several innovative measures are being rolled out to improve the district and the quality of life of its residents.

Following on from the initiatives “Majores sobre rodes” and “De la cistella a casa“, Valencia is now investing in a photovoltaic socialised plant which will be located on the rooftops of Las Naves buildings, and in an electric vehicle charging point located there.

This will be the first experience of this kind for the city. “It’s a pioneering initiative.” says Carlos Galiana, the Councillor for Innovation and Management of Knowledge, “Las Naves Brillen is not only a sign of the city’s clear commitment to the energy transition, but it is also an invitation for residents to take part in the project and to feel closer to their town”.

The installation will reach a power of 100 kWp and generate a total of 138,880 kWh of electricity annually. In total, it is estimated that this plant will cut CO2 emissions by 54,700 kg annually.

Citizen investment has now reached 77.08% of the €80,000 target and Las Naves will add €20,000 in order to reach the total cost of the plant.

Socialised financing allows citizens to participate in projects collectively by providing a loan and gradually recovering it with interest. The minimum loan to participate in the campaign is €100, and the maximum is €2,000.

Through MAtchUP and its Mission Valencia 2030, Valencia hopes to rank among Europe’s first 100 climate-neutral cities by 2030. And it’s helping its citizens to play an active role in achieving this.