The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is committed to excellence in its infrastructures and facilities, not only from an operational perspective but also in terms of water quality, waste treatment and the use of non-polluting and renewable energies.
One of its most ambitious and exciting projects in this field is the use of solar power obtained from photovoltaic panels installed on Port Authority premises with a view to becoming self-sufficient and supplying any surplus to the national grid.
The first stage has been carried out in the Port of Santa Cruz de La Palma, where the passenger terminal now has a total of 244 photovoltaic panels installed on its roof covering a surface area of 650 square metres and generating around 42.5 kilowatts. Once this first stage was completed the pannels installation was extended to the roof of the new building. The process began in 2009 when the Port Authority of Tenerife successfully applied to the Directorate General for Energy Policy and Mining to register under the pre-assignment of remuneration procedures for the production of energy from photovoltaic systems.
The passenger terminal at the Port of La Estaca on El Hierro has also joined the scheme. In this case, solar laminates have been fitted on the roof instead of panels to ensure that the new building blends in with its surroundings. 25 kilowatts of power will be generated at this facility.
Similar projects are underway for installation at the ports of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Los Cristianos and San Sebastian de La Gomera.