Catalan government to fit all public buildings with rooftop solar panels

With the transfer of existing photovoltaic installations to the public energy utility, the Catalan Generalitat Government is on path for all the power it consumes to be generated by rooftop panels on its buildings by 2030

All 1,452 Generalitat buildings are to have solar panels fitted by 2030. In addition to promoting the country’s energy transition towards green, renewable energies, the measure will drive energy self-sufficiency, with part of the energy generated to be supplied free to vulnerable households under 2 km from the building with solar panels.

The Aragonès government is continuing to take steps towards this goal and on Tuesday the Executive Council approved the transfer of all the photovoltaic systems already fitted in Generalitat buildings to the Catalan public energy utility. In addition, it approved an initial tranche of €58.9 million for investment in photovoltaic systems in its buildings during 2023 and 2024, which will mean fitting panels in a third of its public buildings. “We are taking a fresh step today in contributing to making Catalonia a more sustainable country,” explained government spokeswoman Patrícia Plaja at a press conference.

By the end of next year, the green energy generated by public utility Energètica will cover 25% of the Generalitat’s total consumption.

The Generalitat currently has 120 photovoltaic installations in service with a total power of 17.6 MW. Of the installations, 77 are for self-consumption and the rest are for energy generation and sale.

Energética, the Generalitat’s first Catalan public energy utility, is a fundamental tool to shape the Catalan energy system and contribute to accelerating transition towards a distributed energy model, for greater territorial cohesion and participation by citizens. Its essential areas of activity will be generation from renewable sources, taking advantage of the potential of the installations, buildings and infrastructures of Catalonia’s Generalitat government and its public sector companies, as well as the marketing of energy from renewables, mainly supplying the Generalitat’s administration, as well as other administrations and energy communities.