The city of Armstrong has launched the Proyecto de Redes Inteligentes con Energías Renovables – PRIER (Project Smart Grid through Renewable Energy). This project is led by the Consorcio Asociativo Público Privado (Public-Private Associative Consortium – CAPP), which is formed by the Cooperativa de Provisión de Obras y Servicios Públicos de Armstrong (Celar), the Facultad Regional Rosario de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (Regional Faculty of Rosario, depending of the National Technological University - UTN) and the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial (National Institute of Industrial Technology - INTI), with the support of Armstrong Municipality.
This project consisted in the setup of a 200 kilowatt-peak photovoltaic solar park in Armstrong’s Industrial Area and the installation of 50 solar panels in houses roofs of the city. The generated energy is injected to the grid.
One of the key aspects of the project was the relationship with society: citizens became central actors in meetings and talks; they also contributed with new ideas and demanded more achieving. Therefore, it is very important to continue to foster the use of solar energy with a project that shows easily its benefits to the public.
The goal of this project is to raise awareness about the benefits of using renewable sources for energy generation, through the setup of two “solar stations” that provides hot water for drinking and electricity to recharge cell phones in public places.
The project implies the setup of two solar stations for drinking hot water and recharging electronic devices in the parks Bracito Fuerte and Flotrón, which are frequently visited by the city population. Those spaces are family’s gathering points, since monthly fairs and other special events are held there. Due to the big concurrence of people in these parks, the setup of solar stations will let that the visitors enjoy the benefits of renewable energy, while learning about the positive effects of the PRIER program.
The Municipality, along with the other institutions that lead the PRIER program will retribute, as a counterpart, with the workforce needed to the installation of the stations and the capacitation courses about renewable energy equipment setup, as a mean to create the offer of workforce to supply the generated demand.
Amount requested: $ 180.000
Municipalty: $ 28.000
Others: $ 27.000
Total amount: $ 235.000
Translator: Nancy Lago