Faced with the anti-renewable wave, the Reolum company launches a project that integrates renewable parks with the needs of Spanish municipalities.
The new motto is “Renewables yes, but better this way” in the face of the anti-renewable rural wave that is spreading throughout the country. It is the proposal that Reolum specializing in the promotion and development of renewable energies, with its project HYBREX. your plan is hybrid photovoltaic, wind and energy storage parks, but with a novelty: it wants to have the support of the residents of the area. It has already begun in the Sierra de Montánchez region of Cáceres, and it is only the beginning.
Reolum hybrid 110 MW wind Y 120 MW photovoltaic using the same point of connection to the network and will combine it with installations of storage that will make their discharges to the network more efficient. He calculates that when both technologies are generating and are in surplus, they will feed the batteries.
“Normally, solar generation is during the day and wind power mainly first thing in the morning and at night, there are only a few hours when none produces and that is when the batteries come into operation,” he tells EL ESPAÑOL-Invertia Reolum CEO Yann Dumont.
But the company is clear that to be successful in this project, it must have the support of the residents of the region. So, after a process of dialogue, Reolum has opened 5% of its capital to local investors and finances self-consumption installations for the roofs of the neighbors, completely free, thus guaranteeing the neighbors a electricity reduction of 30% for 20 years.
The HYBREX project, technologically innovative and socially revolutionary for the Montánchez region, represents a decisive leap in considering the returns and benefits that renewable projects must bring to the territories in which they are implemented.
“It is a paradigm shift since self-consumption facilities are going to be financed, a Comprehensive Plan for the Sierra de Montánchez and other investments that the neighbors will decide”, adds the person in charge of the project.
These include clearing the forest, creating new firebreaks, improving access and conserving biodiversity. All this in an area currently classified as high risk of fire by the Junta de Extremadura.
A business plan that can be exported to all the territories where renewable projects are carried out and that must go through an agreement with the neighbors.
They have already been submitted to public information Environmental Impact Studies (EIA) of the four wind farms which will be located in the municipalities of Montánchez, Torre de Santa María, Zarza de Montánchez, Robledillo de Trujillo and Ibahernando with a total of 26 Vestas V150 wind turbines.
In the coming weeks, the EIAs of the four photovoltaic parks and, if the processing follows the expected course, the construction works are expected to start in end of 2022.
The main novel feature of the project is that it will have four storage facilities with 12.5 MW of power and 50 MWh of capacity that will allow the hybridization of both technologies, making their discharges to the network more efficient and maximizing the delivery of energy.
As a result of such hybridization, 63% more energy will be produced at the connection point, making the environmental impact of evacuation infrastructures per kWh is considerably reduced.
Dialogue with the neighbors
The other most outstanding aspect of the project is the set of initiatives so that the residents of the region can be part of both the project debate process and the benefits it will bring them.
And the future projects that it plans to open in different parts of Spain will follow the same steps. The first is to open a process of dialogue with the mayors of the area, as well as with the neighbors, even in house to house visits.
Yann Dumont considers that it is important to offer 5% of the capital of his company to the neighbors to link the property to the territory in which the renewable installations are going to be installed.
Another novelty is that HYBREX will finance self-consumption facilities in the different municipalities, which will be managed by energy communities and that will allow a 30% reduction in electricity bills, guaranteed for the next 20 years.
One of the best-known demands of the rural anti-renewable movements is the lack of job creation. Therefore, Hybrex will carry out two lines of action.
On the one hand, it will launch a training plan in the renewable energy sector to train the unemployed in the region in access to the necessary jobs both in the construction phase and especially in the maintenance phase. It will not only be used for the Hybrex project, but also for other renewable projects. And on the other, supplier companies will be encouraged to hire local labor.
The general director of Reolum points out that this new set of measures is a way forward to face the social opposition that has been embodied in the slogan “Renewables yes, but not like this”.
“We, Dumont concludes, want to show that there is a way to develop renewable facilities, to do it better that way”.
HYBREX part of the rights of a project announced in 2019 and based on the allegations that were presented then, it has developed a completely different new project with substantial improvements, such as the number of machines, which is reduced by 24%, or the modification of the location of one of the parks so that not be visible from the municipality of Montánchez.