Minister of Industry, Employment and Economic Development, Henry FernandezDelivered this Saturday to the residents of the city. Mualin Cangas del Narceapreliminary study to promote a self-consumption energy community in a city located at the gates of an integral nature reserve Muñellos and where 85 inhabitants live.
Document prepared Asturias Energy Fund (Faen) in cooperation with the Commissioner for Demographic Challenges, Jaime Leftand Setemas Foundation (Center for Forestry and Woodworking) is part of the initiatives promoted Government of Asturias to revive villages and fight depopulation, the Principality said in a statement.
The mayor of the city also took part in the presentation. Cangas del Narcea, Jose Victor Rodriguez; Jaime LeftDirector of the Cetemas Foundation (Center for Forestry and Wood Technology), Juan Mahadaand the director Faen, Carlos Garciaas well as neighbors and neighbors of Muala.
Energy Community Presentation
This initiative, in which the public participates through Puerta de Muniellos Cooperative Societypursues several goals.
On the one hand, to address the challenges of abandoning traditional local activities related to agriculture, livestock and forestry, and on the other, to incorporate new perspectives, visions and technologies that advance alternative economic options for the future. villages linked to the sustainable use of their local resources. To achieve these goals, three specific actions are proposed aimed at the comprehensive restoration of the local agro-ecological system, focused on quality agri-food production and conservation of the landscape and agro-ecosystems.
It is also committed to the implementation of a local energy system based on renewable energy sources to ensure self-sufficiency, a preliminary study of which suggests the creation of a rural energy community based on the use of renewable resources in the environment. In addition, he proposes to revive the local system of companies aimed at entrepreneurship and the use of new opportunities related to rural tourism, nature tourism, remote work and crafts.
The energy system, proposed after an environmental feasibility study, includes a hybrid plant for collective self-consumption, consisting of a photovoltaic solar plant and a micro-hydro plant, which together generate about 100 kilowatts (kW). as well as a biomass heating network with a capacity of about 500 kW.
Munollos river. Photo: Wikipedia.
The micro power plant will reduce the shortfall in the production of a photovoltaic installation in the winter, with which it will be possible to achieve an annual coverage of electricity consumption close to 85 percent.
Given that one of the priorities is to seek greater energy self-sufficiency, a biomass heating network fed by forest residues from the environment is proposed, the use of which, which should be based on sustainable forest management criteria, would include the deployment of infrastructure and equipment for the extraction, processing and storage of biofuels .
The main goals pursued by the energy system are to increase self-sufficiency and reduce dependence and risk of scarcity, as well as reduce energy costs and create synergies with the agroforestry activities of the region, helping to create jobs, create populations and solve problems. demographic problem.
In addition, it aims to promote sustainable forest management in woodlands by promoting cleanup, limiting fire and disease risks, and contributing to biodiversity and landscape conservation, and acts as an enabling project as it should serve as a guide. be replicated in other rural areas and thus expand the expected positive effects
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