Portugal

Beneficiaries: 21

Arcos de Valdevez

 
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The primary objective was to conduct an Evaluation Study assessing the production, economic viability, and environmental sustainability of a Biomass Power Plant in the municipality of Arcos de Valdevez.

 

Braga

 
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The study on photovoltaic potential and bio-roofs aims to equip companies and the community with a tool (solar map and simulator) to facilitate their investment in photovoltaic panels. It provides specialized technical information on solar potential, investment payback time, and the thermal and energy-saving benefits of bio-roofs. Alongside developing the study and associated tools (simulator), dissemination of the results and capabilities to the community is planned. The municipality receives support from partners involved in the EUCF application, including the Associação Empresarial de Braga, Associação Empresarial do Minho, CIM-Cávado, Agência de Energia do Cávado, and InvestBraga. Communication channels such as social media and work sessions will be utilized for this purpose.

 

Bragança and other municipalities of the Terra Fria (Grouping)

 
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The intended measures of this investment concept are the deployment of a wind farm in combination with a smart grid for its management and heat pump installation for heating and cooling. These measures shall be applied to the five municipalities of Terra Fria. The Wind Farm shall have an installed capacity of 57MW that will produce renewable energy for powering with the heating pumps and generating heat and cooling for buildings, and for powering the municipalities' electricity grids withlocal green energy. There will also be its use for injecting power into the grid.

The heat pumps allow not only increase efficiency in the heating and cooling systems but also replace old wood, heating oil and gas combustion and plug-in electric heaters in buildings that have very low efficiency. In addition, the heat pumps can replace fans and other non-efficient cooling methods during warmer seasons.

 

Cascais

 
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The goal is to encourage citizens and stakeholders, both public and private in the Municipality of Cascais, to invest in installing 184MW of photovoltaic energy production capacity. This involves establishing Renewable Energy Communities (RECs) in the four parishes of the Municipality. To achieve this objective, the City Council has undertaken several key actions. The council first conducted a benchmarking exercise and analyzed the stakeholders and legal framework related to RECs. Then, they defined a REC model for the municipality, conducted a feasibility study, and identified potential funding opportunities. The council plans to launch a "One Stop Shop" providing all necessary information for REC membership and has organized a consultation workshop for the public. Additionally, a pilot project with a capacity of 500kW is in development and will be launched in 2022 to demonstrate feasibility. To complement these activities, the council will initiate communication campaigns aimed at encouraging citizens to invest in the project.

 

Guarda

 
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This investment concept aims to enhance the energy situation in heating, cooling, and green electricity usage across the municipalities of Almeida, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Guarda, Pinhel, and Trancoso. Currently reliant on inefficient and unsustainable energy sources, these municipalities face higher carbon emissions. The proposed approach seeks to improve energy independence, comfort, and quality of life for both public and private stakeholders through decentralized heat pump networks powered by locally-produced green electricity from photovoltaic panels. Management of these components and users will be handled by a Renewable Energy Community (REC). The investment project is structured into three phases: pilot project, expansion, and final investment, with endorsement from all five municipal executives involved.

 

Guimarães

 
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The Integrated Concept (IC) aims to reduce energy consumption in the municipality by boosting renewable energy production and enhancing energy efficiency. It involves interventions in the housing fabric, prioritizing households with lower financial capacity. Renewable Energy Communities will be developed, starting with a pilot project in a social neighborhood. Public lighting will be upgraded to LED lamps, achieving full coverage of the local lighting system. Additionally, over 500 EV chargers will be installed. Initiatives will be launched to encourage private sector participation, such as establishing a One-Stop-Shop for information dissemination and educational purposes, including a solar map publication.

 

Maia

 
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The Renewable Energy Maia Hub (REMH) is strategically crafted to bolster the objectives outlined in Maia's SEAP 2030, steering the municipality toward carbon neutrality. The plan aims to achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, targeting a total of 34,217 tons of CO2 equivalent per year, coupled with substantial energy savings amounting to 21.3 GWh per year. Overall, the presented investment plan showcases a straightforward 14.5-year return on investment and an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 9.2%.

 

Oeiras

 
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The Municipality of Oeiras aims to formulate an investment concept focused on Energy Efficiency in buildings, specifically seeking assistance in decision-making and validation of assumptions for energy efficiency measures in 500 buildings within the municipality. The primary objective of this investment project is to provide tools facilitating the implementation of energy efficiency measures and the generation of electricity from renewable sources, notably solar photovoltaics, in the Services, Residential, and Industry Buildings sector. To achieve this goal, the Municipality of Oeiras requires external expert support for the development of engineering analysis studies. The transition to a sustainable investment concept necessitates active collaboration with stakeholders and the public. While stakeholder engagement is often acknowledged, this project emphasizes the need to include all relevant groups throughout the planning process, considering their specific requirements.

 

Ovar

 
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The Energy Community of Ovar (ECO) represents the ambitious investment plan of the Ovar Municipality, striving to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. This initiative targets a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, aiming for a total of 8,246.02 tons of CO2 equivalent per year, coupled with energy savings of 3.38 GWh per year. The primary objective of the ECO plan is to establish one or more Renewable Energy Communities (REC) within the Municipality. These RECs will supply renewable energy for self-consumption to their members and the local community, operating in a phased cooperative manner. Furthermore, the ECO plan encompasses energy efficiency renovations for public administrative buildings and social housing. It also addresses the improvement of mobility solutions for electric vehicles. In the private sector, the project envisages the creation of a One-Stop-Shop to promote the use of solar energy for self-consumption and energy-efficient building renovations. This approach integrates citizens, agriculture, and industries, aligning with energy and climate goals for a comprehensive and sustainable impact.

 

Porto

 
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The investment plan "Porto Energy (R)evolution 2030" is the Municipality of Porto's initiative to attain carbon neutrality, aligned with the "Pacto do Porto pelo Clima" pact. It targets an annual global reduction of 35,379 teqCO2 and energy savings of 87.0 GWh/year through twelve initiatives. The plan indicates a straightforward 16-year return and an IRR of 4.2%.

 

São João da Madeira (Grouping)

 
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The establishment of a citizen cooperative serves as both a financing and development instrument for municipal renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. This innovative approach yields dual benefits for the Municipalities and the citizens involved. The cooperative offers a range of services, encompassing the establishment and management of Renewable Energy Communities (CER), the management of Public Lighting Networks, and initiatives to combat Energy Poverty.

 

Sintra

 
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The project "Promotion of Carbon Neutrality and Self-Sufficiency in Municipal Buildings" aims to advance carbon neutrality and energy self-sufficiency within municipal buildings in Sintra. Its specific objectives include quantifying the energy usage and CO2 emissions of municipal buildings in Sintra, characterizing and quantifying the water usage of municipal buildings in Sintra, identifying potential measures for achieving carbon neutrality and self-sufficiency in municipal buildings in Sintra along with the potential measures for enhancing water efficiency in municipal buildings in Sintra. Finally, the project aims to develop financial analyses of the bankable solutions and integrate them with engineering analyses.The project will drive the decarbonization of municipal buildings, fostering greater energy independence through local renewable energy production. It aligns with municipal goals of reducing CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 and achieving decarbonization by 2050, as outlined in the renewal of membership with the Covenant of Mayors and the signing of the Paris Declaration.

 

Torres Vedras Municipality

 
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The "Torres Vedras going climate neutral" project seeks to implement 18 initiatives focused on Renewable Energies, Energy Efficiency, and Electric Mobility. These projects are designed to significantly advance decarbonization efforts, promote energy transition, and increase access to energy while combatting energy poverty. The initiative aligns closely with the municipality's climate action policy.

 

Vila Nova de Famalicão

 
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The investment initiative targets a reduction in municipal energy consumption by bolstering renewable energy production and implementing energy efficiency measures. It concentrates on three core areas: fostering energy communities powered by photovoltaic solar panels, enhancing energy-efficient housing, and promoting electric urban mobility. The intervention strategy for these areas encompasses both direct and indirect actions. Direct measures involve installing EV chargers and solar panels at strategic locations. Additionally, a municipal fund will be established to finance energy audits for households and support home energy improvements. Furthermore, a One-Stop-Shop will serve as an educational platform to disseminate information on the process, costs, benefits, and licensing procedures to encourage adoption by private entities. A solar map will also be published for public access to facilitate private installations. Indirect measures entail forming partnerships to establish Energy Communities in industrial parks and residential complexes. Stakeholder consultation through workshops and the promotion of awareness campaigns will also be integral to enhancing public engagement with the projects.

 

Vila Nova de Gaia

 
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The investment concept in Vila Nova de Gaia aims to drive the energy transition by generating renewable energy and establishing a robust Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for residents. It entails installing 130MW of photovoltaic panels, prioritizing social housing, to mitigate the impact of escalating energy costs. Additionally, the plan includes installing 1000 new EV chargers to encourage electric vehicle adoption and diminish reliance on fossil fuels.