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Adeje takes another decisive step towards sustainability 

An agreement with the University of La Laguna will serve to advance the project in the use of clean energies in parts of the borough, in neighbourhoods, streets or public/private buildings

“We
are taking a decisive step so that Adeje can soon have buildings, streets or
whole neighbourhoods that are renewable energy self-sufficient, reducing the
amount of contamination we are generating, saving on consumption, reducing the
cost of electricity and creating new job opportunities, among many other
things”.  Clear words of encouragement from Adeje mayor José Miguel
Rodríguez Fraga regarding  the new agreement with the University of La
Laguna to investigate the use of renewable energy in the borough.

The
project will see streets or whole neighbourhoods chosen for a pilot project to
reduce contamination and cost – currently Adeje residents pay over €100 million
every year in electricity.  The project is led by the prestigious
professor from the department of physics of the ULL, with a Masters in
Renewable Energies, Ricardo Guerrero Lemus, and a group of investigators. 
This is a pioneer project in the Canary Islands and is already underway. 
There will be various phases, the first including determining which parts of
Adeje will be chosen for the practical implication of the switch to alternative
power sources.  The team are also looking at the best technologies for the
project, based on the use of photovoltaic energies, electric vehicles and
electric aggregation.

Adeje
has been a member of a Mayoral Pact for Energy and Climate since 2016, and
declared a climate emergency last October, signing a pact for the
neutralisation of carbon by 2040.  “What we are taking now is another step
towards these objectives”, said the mayor, for whom, “our commitment is
absolute, not just with the elimination of the carbon footprint and the use of
clean energies…we also want a healthy borough, one with auto-consumption in as
many areas as possible, giving residents access to cleaner cheaper energy,
avoiding emissions, generating activities which create green jobs and help in
the ecological transition”.  We are also creating our Parque Central, an
area that will be the epicentre of all our sustainable actions, a point of
departure for our more ambitious plans for the streets and
neighbourhoods.  The park will also house the new Farmers Market, urban
orchards, and be a training centre for green job creation, among  other
things.

The
energy auto-consumption will be a key part of Adeje’s sustainability
plans.  This consists of the use of energy generated by a installation for
a small energy community.  The new project will guarantee consumers access
to alternative sources that will be cheaper and better for the planet,
contributing to a reduction in the need to access the electricity grid, thus
increasing independent energy use, reducing gas emissions. This will also
create jobs in the sector, as we have seen in other countries.  The
technology applied to develop renewable energies is more efficient and
cost-effective and can work towards energy created in the best conditions by
wind and solar power, with solar panels costing 70% less than a decade ago.

Regarding
the energy communities, this is an  open concept suggesting the voluntary
participation of residents, administrations and small businesses with
implications for the local society, environment and economy.

With
the agreement in place the Adeje council is moving to dramatically reduce the
environmental impact energy consumption has in the borough, using a resource
the borough has but rarely uses.  And as well as helping the environment
the cost of energy will come down, and the borough will be less vulnerable to
power cuts from the grid. Adeje can become a technology pioneer optimising the
solar resource we have, using techniques that are not yet available in the
marketplace.  We are a borough with one of the best solar irradiance (power per unit area (watt per square metre, W/m2)
levels in the European Union, so we should be able to produce the cheapest
energy.

The
University of La Laguna has also underlined its commitment to the project and
will continue to research the developing technology needed to obtain the social
improvements desired, in particular in the creation of energy communities among
residents, based on photovoltaic energy.