Photovoltaics continues to grow on the roofs of the Rosa de Luxemburgo urbanization in San Sebastián de los Reyes (Madrid). In addition to the more than 40 existing installations with spillage into the grid, there will soon be a further thirty, in this case for self-consumption. And they are not going to stop. Ascensión Tejada, president of the Board of Owners of the urbanization explains that “although the result of these initiatives has been positive, we must continue to encourage neighbors in this and other neighborhoods to contribute to curbing climate change with all kinds of initiatives.
The flat roofs of the Rosa de Luxemburgo Urbanization, in the Madrid locality of San Sebastián de los Reyes, to the north of the capital, are being conquered, without haste but without pause, by the almost black dark blue tone characteristic of photovoltaic modules. Solar energy entered the life of this neighborhood some time ago, in 2010 exactly, when the first installation was made. A group of neighbors then created a commission to study the feasibility and profitability of photovoltaics. And they saw that solar energy is indeed worthwhile.
They are still in the same. Because in addition to the more than 40 existing installations, the majority of which are discharged to the grid, there are now some thirty more self-consumption installations being added. The first have a power ranging from 3.8 to 5 kW, although most are 4.6 kW. Paco Holguera, one of the major drivers of the solar bet in the neighborhood, calculates that “today the urbanization has about 160 kW installed with discharged to the grid, and another 15 kW of self-consumption. And with the reinforcements that come, with that thirty new installations of self-consumption, it will be necessary to add about 100 kW more. All in all, in a few months in La Rosa there will be about 275 kW photovoltaic. So, house by house”.
With the new installations of self-consumption these homes will produce a good part of the energy that they consume, with the consequent energy saving and in the invoice of the light, in addition to the social and environmental benefits that that supposes. Paco Holguera says that “the photovoltaic companies that operate in the neighbourhood – installers, maintainers…- say that they don’t know of any other group with initiatives like ours, but to me it seems insufficient for a cooperative that was born with an ecological and environmental defence spirit”.
Holguera wants more “because I think we are in a climate emergency, in which not only the institutions have to act. Civil society also has to intervene, forcing governments to take action, but also with their own initiatives. In any case, he is well aware of all the work behind this solar wave and “I am proud of the neighbours who have formed part of the different commissions to promote these projects, and of the Board of Owners who have helped with their means,” he insists.
Sanse, as neighbors often call it, has other unique facilities in some of its public buildings. This is the case of the civic center Pepe Viyuela, where the clean point of the municipality is located, with 104.5 kWp. Or the Daniel Rodríguez Youth Centre, with its south façade covered with photovoltaic modules.