April 2 (Renewables Now) - The regional government of Andalusia has provided grants of EUR 34.2 million (USD 38.3m) to more than 1,900 renewable energy projects submitted by citizens, businesses and public institutions looking to power their own households, industrial facilities, sports centres, schools, among others.
The execution of these projects will mobilise investments of close to EUR 68 million, the Andalusian Energy Agency said Monday.
The installation of self-consumption systems accounted for close to 80% of the projects. More than 1,100 renewable energy projects that received grants came from citizens and neighbourhood communities who were interested in setting up their own solar, biomass or geothermal systems.
Businesses received grants amounting to EUR 14 million, while public institutions obtained close to EUR 15 million for renewable energy projects that mostly consisted of self-consumption schemes.
The grants were secured by Andalusia’s Sustainable Energy Development Programme, which is managed by the Andalusian Energy Agency. The Programme has a total budget of EUR 243 million and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.12)