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The Group with the Megara Energía cooperative and the Town Hall of Castilfrío de la Sierra (Soria), has launched the first local energy community through the pilot scheme “Hacendera solar”, a prototype of rural energy community based on a collective self-consumption, supported by Red Eléctrica, and a participative model involving the town hall and local population to manage the project.
This pilot scheme is aimed at:
- Outlining the first collective self-consumption model in Castilfrío de la Sierra (Soria).
- Promoting photovoltaic installations for shared self-consumption with network backup.
- Promoting investing in low-carbon economies to reduce both emissions and current town hall expenses.
- Defining the complementarity of the energy demands of the different buildings and equipment owned and/or managed by a town hall.
The “Hacendera solar” in Castilfrío de la Sierra has two photovoltaic solar plants of 7.36 and 5.5 kWp for self-consumption that have been installed on the roofs of the municipal buildings. These installations supply electricity to the town hall, the social centre, the doctor’s clinic, a refurbished building and the laundry-room, as well as for pumping water.
Creation of the governance body of the energy community and approval of the By-laws.
100% self-consumption has been achieved in the water pump and 84% use in the social centre.
A slow charging point for electric vehicles has been set up in the social centre.
Coverage of 60% of the annual electricity demand of the town hall.
Reduction of its carbon footprint by 6.98 t CO2 eq. per year.
Creation of a model that can be extrapolated to the rest of the region’s towns.