The contract joins others for the Museo del Prado and the Biblioteca Nacional, making the largest power supplier to the “Cultural Mile of Madrid’. The electricity supplied will be 100% of renewable origin.
The contract joins those already won by ACCIONA to supply electricity that is 100% renewable to the Museo del Prado and the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library), making the company the largest electricity to the “Cultural Mile of Madrid”, which is home to some of the world’s main museums, art galleries and cultural centers.
The main wings and galleries of these centers are located along Paseo del Prado and Paseo Recoletos of the Spanish capital and are visited by around 3.6 million people every year.
The contract with the Thyssen–Bornemisza Museum involves the supply of approximately 4.5 gigawatt-hours (GWh) over one year (from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016).
Supplies to the El Prado, with an annual volume of around 16 GWh, have been made since 2012, and the contract with the main center of the Biblioteca Nacional in 2015 is for around 4.5 GWh.
Given that the energy supplied is 100% renewable, the contracts avoid the emission to the atmosphere of around 24,000 metric tons of CO2 from conventional coal-fired power stations.
ACCIONA Green Energy Developments Director Santiago Gómez Ramos said that “we are pleased to be able to link renewable energy to the world of culture, helping museums and libraries to be more sustainable in environmental terms and raising the public’s awareness around the need to incorporate the use of clean energy into all areas of activity.”
ACCIONA is the biggest marketer of 100% renewable energy in Spain, with around 4,000 GWh supplied to large customers last year. These customers include Aena, Canal de Isabel II Gestión, Metro de Madrid and Coca-Cola Partners. The company was also recently awarded the supply of electricity to 12 hospitals in the Community of Madrid and some of the railway lines managed by Adif in the north of this region.