But it wasn't always that way. Like many Spanish cities, Seville was clogged with automobiles. The journey to becoming a great cycling city began in the 1990s when activists pushed the municipality to implement the first bike lanes for the city. After years of success with these lanes, a second major period of expansion was undertaken in the mid 2000s and completed in 2010. At that point, Seville had 120 kilometres of a two way, connected bike lane network into place, and was well on its way to be the best cycling city in Spain.
The main criteria for the new bike network had an emphasis on “continuity” and “connectivity”. Continuity refers to the flow of the bike lanes throughout the entirety of the city, while connectivity refers to linking important destinations such as places of employment, schools, shopping centres, and local attractions.
Solar energy is one of the most effective and efficient sources of renewable energy and Andalusia is on its way to becoming both a national and international role model in this sustainable energy production.
Atlantica Yield, a significant company in the Spanish solar energy sector, has introduced 15 facilities throughout the country. One of their facilities in Andalusia, Helioenergy 1 & 2, occupies approximately 115 hectares of land, and for every 2 hectares, 1 megawatt of solar energy is produced. In total, the plant produces 90 GW/H annually. We were fortunate enough to be able to visit the site and have one of the facility managers, Hector, speak with us about the intricacies of their solar technology.
Seville, and Andalusia as a whole, have ideal conditions for producing solar energy. There are approximately only 80 days out of the year that the city does not receive any sunlight due to cloud coverage and weather interference.
Spain is predicted to significantly grow in terms of renewable energy sources and by 2030, it is expected that the country will have the capacity to produce 30 000 megawatts of power. As solar technology becomes further advanced and improved, investing in renewable energy is projected to become less expensive and ultimately a more sustainable form of generating electricity.
One issue we did discover is that despite Spain's commitment to large-scale solar development, it has been much more reluctant to allow smaller-scale decentralized energy generation.
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