The local power supplier for Favignana has re-thought the future of its island, a popular tourist destination located off the western tip of Sicily, and announced a drive towards a new, sustainable strategy through a mix of distributed solar PV, sustainable mobility, conversion to a high-efficiency power generation unit, LED lighting and a smart grid.
The company, SEA Favignana, presented its “Zero Emissions” strategy to the local population in September, engaging residents and giving them a taste of how their lives might evolve. The occasion saw the presentation of two Mercedes-Benz Electric Drive Class B cars, which will be added to SEA’s fleet of vehicles, which will be charged thanks to an ABB Wall Box eMobility system. LED lighting solutions will be provided by Gewiss.
The Sicilian company hopes that its strategy will be a model for other islands.
“We believe that there’s no other future than transitioning towards a zero-emissions energy system,” commented Filippo Accardi, CEO of SEA Favignana. “As a company, we’ve put ourselves on the line because we think that we can turn Favignana into an example of sustainable development and care for the environment and tourism that can be replicated in other Mediterranean islands.”
The centrepiece of the company’s plans involve the construction of a new 12MW hybrid power station, much more efficient and with a lower environmental impact that the current one. The new unit, which will be further from the coast and located in a dip in the terrain, will run on fuel oil but also be covered with 500 kW of solar panels, capable of producing 700 MWh/year of renewable power and saving emissions of 500 tons of CO2 equivalent a year. The plant will also be supported by battery units, allowing SEA to get an optimal balance between renewable and traditional generation sources.