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Barcelona City Council, through the Barcelona Energy Agency (AEB) and the i.lab programme, with the support of the BIT Habitat Foundation, have launched the challenge entitled "Energy-generating floors: how can we incorporate local renewable energy generation into the city's floor surfaces and pavements?" with the aim of finding potential solutions for the local generation of renewable energy in floors and studying the feasibility of implementing them in Barcelona’s streets, squares and access roads.
With this goal in mind, we are looking for solutions to pilot test the generation of renewable energy in the city’s floor surfaces and pavements and assess the results over a six-month period.
The government measure for regenerating land and housing in Barcelona currently highlights the need for spearheading new energy improvements associated with renovating less efficient buildings. It therefore favours energy-generating facilities that use renewable sources (solar photovoltaic and thermal energy) and other associated initiatives.
Here it is worth pointing out that the new 2019 call for grant and subsidy applications for housing renovations promotes initiatives aimed at installing systems for generating renewable energy.
The City Council is therefore providing for financial help of up to 50% of the cost of voluntary installations of photovoltaic panels (for producing electricity) and solar thermal panels (for producing hot water), for both individual and collective projects. Grants and subsidies are also envisaged of up to 40% of the costs for comprehensive energy improvements that act on everything surrounding the building.
Likewise, the new Incentive Programme for Generating Solar Energy in Barcelona has also provided for a series of grants, subsidies and tax allowances to enable the installation of renewable energy systems in individual private buildings.
There is currently a three-year, 50% discount on Property Tax (IBI) for solar-generation installations (thermal and photovoltaic) and the application of other discounts is being studied (construction, installation and works tax (ICIO), economic activity tax (IAE) etc.)
Work is also being carried out on several accompaniment measures, such as creating a one-stop shop for processing energy-generating facilities, simplifying administration and legalisation procedures and providing more information from Energy Advice Points and La Fàbrica del Sol.