Terravita Renovables bridges the gap to solar-energy based sustainability with financing from Sabadell Consumer

Growing global awareness of climate change or the favourable legislation passed in Spain in recent months, in particular the elimination of the so-called “sun tax”, is leading to a rise in the number of people considering the changeover to self-consumption solar energy.

Yet despite this increasing interest, homeowners are all too often reluctant to switch over to this apparently desirable and responsible form of energy consumption. Essentially, they are discouraged by the initial financial outlay photovoltaic installations require, despite knowing that the investment will be recovered relatively quickly and that their efforts in this sense will lead to future savings

Indeed, whilst we have no qualms about applying for a loan in order to buy a home, car and even furniture or other consumer goods, when it comes to producing and consuming our own energy, and therefore becoming its owners, a completely different mind-set comes into play (much to the delight of the electricity companies).

Terravita Renovables has come up with a solution designed for everyone who is put off by this initial outlay. We have reached an agreement with Sabadell Consumer to finance solar power installation. Furthermore, customers can receive up to 30,000 euros to make other energy efficiency improvements to their homes. This enables them not only to consider installing photovoltaic panels, but also changing their traditional boiler for an aerothermal alternative, adding interior or exterior thermal insulation (ETIS) , or replacing windows with more efficient models.

As for the terms and conditions (SEE CHART), a 5,000 euro loan over 5 years (the amortisation period for a standard photovoltaic installation) would mean a monthly instalment of less than 100 euros. Not only would users immediately have the solar energy kilowatts at their disposal, but also, once they had repaid the load, they would be able to take advantage of this system for a further 20 years (the installation comes with a 25 year guarantee), with the corresponding savings on energy bills.

Loan Terravita Renovables/ Sabadell Consumer

Completing the loan formalities is quick and easy. The initial study takes just 5 minutes, and if the data provided are correct, the operation can be formalised in 24 hours. It is also available for property owners’ associations.

A further factor for consideration is that the photovoltaic installations are part of the building and are therefore subject to tax regulations. What’s more, they will also add to the value of the home as an equity asset.

Another key point is that this financial product is fully compatible with the Balearic Island government’s grants for the installation of photovoltaic panels.

In short, with this collaboration agreement, Terravita Renovables intends to do away with a major obstacle preventing residents from moving towards an energy consumption model in keeping with the times we live in, as well as with their environmental concerns and their pockets.

Terravita Renovables is inviting property owners to consider whether they prefer continuing to pay monthly fees to their electricity company without obtaining any type of return, or to pay bank interest rates for a period in exchange for an investment that will increase the value of their home and enable them to consumer solar energy right from the start, as well as benefitting from far lower costs over an extended period. Now more than ever, the decision to opt for a more environmentally friendly and economical energy alternative is in your hands.


Solar energy self-consumption, an optimum solution for nZEB

Energy self-sufficiency is extremely beneficial for buildings of all types. Can you imagine a situation where gas or gas oil bills are a thing of the past and the only electricity charge is for the contracted power, which in turn is significantly lower despite continuing to make regular use of your electrical appliances, lighting and heating and cooling systems? Well, in the case of nearly zero energy buildings – including private homes or constructions of all types and for all uses, this is now more accessible than ever.

Yet what exactly do we mean by the term “nearly Zero Energy Buildings” (nZEB)? The concept was defined by directive (EU) 2010/31of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Energy Performance of Buildings, enacted with the twofold objective of cutting buildings’ energy consumption (which accounts for 40% of the total in Europe) and reducing the effects of greenhouse gases and other polluting emissions that are the cause of climate change.

In this sense, the directive stipulates that as of 31st December 2020, all new buildings must have a nearly zero energy consumption, a requirement that will come into effect two years earlier in the case of public administration buildings. It defines nZEB as having a very high energy performance, where the extremely low level of energy required is covered to a very significant extent by renewable sources produced on-site or nearby.

Can Tanca, Ibiza. Passivhaus Premium Certified Building. Solar energy self-consumption installation by Terravita Renovables

nZEB are buildings where design and construction methods are based first and foremost on energy savings in order to guarantee thermal comfort. This includes the use of passive architecture techniques, placing particular attention on the building envelope and its weatherproofing and ventilation control. In addition, the installations and equipment employed guarantee outstanding performance in terms of obtaining the required temperature with the lowest possible energy consumption.

The minimal demand required by nZEB from renewable sources can be supplied by a photovoltaic solar energy system, capable of generating the on-site clean, sustainable and efficient energy needed by the heating and cooling systems and sanitary hot water.

New energy transition and consumer protection regulations that have recently come into force in Spain, which have already been discussed here, have not only done away with the barriers to self-consumption but are also an incentive for both individual and collective energy self-generation in buildings for immediate consumption and the transfer of surplus energy to the grid.

Here at Terravita Renovables we have more than 10 years’ experience in pioneering projects centred on efficient heating and cooling systems as well as renewable energies in nZEB. One such project is Can Tanca, on Ibiza, which is Passivhaus Premium certified by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany.

Passivhaus standards in building energy performance go beyond nZEBs, setting a series of requirements such as a demand for heating and cooling of less than 15 kWh (m2 per year) and for primary energy (heating, hot water and power) of less than 120 kWh.

In the case of Can Tanca, the renewable primary energy required is under 30 kWh, in other words four times less the amount required by Passivhaus building standards. Moreover, it can generate more than 120 kWh of electricity thanks to its optimum photovoltaic solar power self-consumption facility, which is independent from the grid.

Whether it is independent, as in the case of Can Tanca, individual or collective, for immediate consumption or surplus for transfer to the grid…self-consumption power facilities from photovoltaic solar energy are the best solution for nZEBs. At Terravita Renovables we deliver renewable energy-based heating and cooling system solutions tailored to meet the specific demands of all types of nZEBs.


Aerothermal and photovoltaic solar energy, an efficient and sustainable combination for building heating and cooling systems

In this post you’ll be reading about an exciting combination for building heating and cooling solutions: an air-water (aerothermy) heat pump powered entirely by photovoltaic solar electricity. An increasingly popular option that can be amortized in the short or mid term, offering all the benefits of two renewable energy sources that will cut the electricity bills of both homes and businesses.

Aerothermal technology takes energy from the air outside to heat or cool buildings and provide sanitary hot water using a heat pump. This system has enjoyed major growth in recent years and its popularity is attributable to outstanding energy savings in comparison with conventional heating and cooling systems (gas or gas oil condensing boilers are the most common) as well as the fact that it is a highly efficient clean energy source.

It is easy to install and can be used to provide heat or cold to conventional radiator systems, low surface temperature radiators, underfloor heating (the most common), as well as fan coils (cold air in summer).

Solar panels installation heatirng and cooling 100% renewable energy ,aerothermal energy (photo above) + solar in Santa Inés (Ibiza).

In terms of energy efficiency, aerothermal heat pumps have a very high COP (Coefficient of Performance) – between 4 and 5 according to the manufacturer – which means that for every kw/h of electricity this equipment consumes, 4 or 5 kw/h of thermal power are generated. Performance is dependent on the exterior temperature, and is therefore considered to be best in coastal areas, making it an ideal solution for home heating and cooling systems in the Balearic Islands.

An aerothermal heat pump uses approximately 75% renewable energy and 25% electrical power. The electricity needed to power the heat pumps can be sourced from photovoltaic panels by means of a specific installation tailored in accordance with the building’s requirements. The combination of aerothermal and photovoltaic solar power enhances energy efficiency levels, minimising consumption and optimising savings. It also allows for the elimination of the greenhouse gases generated by the use of fossil fuels, taking advantage of the sun’s rays and providing a more sustainable energy consumption alternative.

Another important factor for consideration is that this aerothermal and solar energy combination is suitable for installation in renovated buildings as well as new constructions. A further advantage is that any excess solar-generated electricity that is not required for the aerothermal system can be used for other energy purposes in the home or building. Furthermore, in accordance with new legislation, compensation may also be provided for any surplus energy, thereby encouraging both individual and collective solar energy self-consumption. (Spanish Royal Decree 244/2019 of 5th April).

In short, using the sun and air to heat or cool your home or business premises has never been so accessible. Please contact us if you would like advice or further information about this option, which is of interest from a two-fold perspective. This would be your first step on the road to savings on your energy bills, as well as contributing either individually or as a company to creating a more sustainable environment.

Instalación de climatización 100% renovable mediante aerotermia y energía solar en S’aigua Blanca (Ibiza)

 Installation of 100% renewable heating and cooling by aerothermal energy and solar energy in S’aigua Blanca (Ibiza)

 Installation of 100% renewable heating and cooling by aerothermal energy and solar energy in S’aigua Blanca (Ibiza)

Solar energy self-consumption shines in the Balearic Islands

It’s always a good time to introduce initiatives related to our energy consumption, especially those based on clean and renewable sources. Decisions that will not only save us money in the mid-term, but will also give us the satisfaction of knowing that we are not contributing to the global problems pollution causes. Essentially, the idea is to incorporate the way you obtain and use energy into your overall outlook on life, opting for more responsible alternatives such as solar energy self-consumption.

What’s more, the current conditions are particularly favourable for taking determined steps in this direction. Recent laws passed by Spain’s central government, aimed at speeding up the energy transition, have considerably smoothed the path for users, promoting and encouraging its application as standard practice. This is also a logical move, in line with international policies designed to combat climate change.

The approval of Royal Decree Law (RDL in its Spanish initials) 15/2018,  published in October 2018, for the removal of the “sun tax” and the introduction of a series of measures aimed at boosting individual self-consumption, was followed in April this year by Royal Decree Law 244/2019 regulating collective self-consumption, extending the measures that make it easier for buildings and companies to generate and consume their own power.

Stand alone solar energy system

The result is that in just seven months a regulation has been introduced that has completely reverted the previous situation. The obstacles to energy self-consumption have now been removed and replaced with measures that actively encourage it. A regulation that includes major innovations such as the exemption from all charges and taxes levied on renewably sourced energy for self-consumption, as well as the export surplus energy to the grid, or the simplification of the administrative procedures and processes involved in legalizing facilities. In addition to the favourable situation on a nationwide level, the Balearic Islands’ autonomous administration has also extended the financial aid for the installation of photovoltaic panels to individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises, business associations and not-for-profit organisations, who may be entitled to subsidies covering up to 50% of the cost involved.

New contact data Terravita Renovables

It is therefore an ideal time to switch over to clean energy sources for your home or apartment block, business premises or industrial units. If you require help and advice in this area, here at Terravita Renovables we have more than 10 years’ experience in the design and application of pioneering renewable energy projects in the Balearic Islands. You will find further information on our new website or you can contact us by telephone or online. Alternatively, call in at our offices in Santa Eulalia del Río (Ibiza), the base for our operations throughout the Balearic Islands. We’re here to help in any way we can!