4 Jun, 2024 @ 14:15
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This region in Spain wants to turn graveyards into solar farm

This region in Spain wants to turn graveyards into solar farm

VALENCIA is using city graveyards to help it reach climate neutrality by 2030.

Finding suitable sites for solar farms in urban areas isn’t easy, so Valencia has come up with ‘Requiem in Power’- shortened appropriately to RIP- where panels will be placed in cemeteries.

The RIP plan aims to install 6,658 photovoltaic panels across the city’s cemeteries to generate 27% of the city’s energy from renewable sources.



The panels are being installed on top of crypts and other structures in five public cemeteries with the aim of creating a total generating capacity of 2.8 megawatts.

So far, 810 panels have been placed in three cemeteries at Grau, Campanar and Benimamet.

They are capable of producing 440,000 kilowatts of electricity per year which will eliminate 140 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

When finished, the total number of panels will see RIP become the largest urban solar farm in Spain.

It will supply electricity primarily to public utilities, but also to around a thousand local homes occupied by people on lower-incomes.

Besides RIP, Valencia has 29 other projects in its move towards climate neutrality including plans to reduce car use to improve air quality; changing buildings to maximise energy efficiency, and converting all city lighting to LED.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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