The 6,000 kilometers of roads managed by the Government of Catalonia will be self-sufficient by 2026 through the installation of 22 photovoltaic plants. Acisa has participated in the first installation of 216 solar panels on top of the C-32 tunnel in Mataró.
The initiatives of Northern European countries that utilize the medians of highways and expressways to install solar panels have always been on the minds of infrastructure authorities. On October 27th, the Department of Territory of the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) presented the Self-Generation and Energy Sovereignty Program to achieve self-consumption on the roads managed by the Generalitat by 2026. This program involves the installation of 22 photovoltaic plants in non-urbanized areas such as tunnel entrances or toll-free spaces along the nearly 6,000 kilometers that make up the road network, with an investment of 32.5 million euros. 100% of the installed panels will generate the 21.4 GW/h that the road network requires each year. With this plan, the Generalitat aims to reaffirm its commitment to the climate emergency and the decarbonization of mobility.
Self-sufficiency with sustainable energy: solar panels in the C-32 tunnel in Mataró
The official presentation of the program took place during the inauguration of the photovoltaic plant on the C-32 tunnel in Mataró, a project in which Acisa has been involved with the installation of 216 solar panels. Tunnels and areas previously occupied by toll booths on the C-32 north and C-33 are ideal locations for these installations on road infrastructures. Furthermore, the future photovoltaic park on the C-58, at the junction with the AP-7, will significantly contribute to the energy production needed to supply the road network of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Program presentation at the photovoltaic plant on the C-32 in Mataró with the presence of the Minister of Territory of the Government of Catalonia, Ester Capella; the Secretary of Mobility and Infrastructures, Marc Sanglas; the Director-General of Mobility Infrastructures, David Prat; the President of Infraestructures de la Generalitat de Catalunya SAU, Oriol Güell; and the Director of Technology and Development of Acisa, Marc Solé. Photo: ACN