March 23 (Renewables Now) - The government of the Spanish island of Gran Canaria will invest EUR 18 million (USD 19.4m) in renewable energy capacity at water treatment facilities.
On the island, which is the second most populous of the Canary Islands, activities related to water production, transportation and sanitation consume 15% of all the electricity generation, the local government said on Tuesday.
With the Plan Renovagua, 26 water installations such as purification plants and pumping stations will get photovoltaic (PV), wind power or mini-hydropower systems.
Due to this initiative, the island expects to offset 17,423 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually and stop importing 4,700 tonnes of oil, thus saving more than EUR 2 million a year. The plan will also help reduce fossil fuel consumption by 40% in installations related to the desalination, purification and reuse of water.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.079)