Another customer who is released from the electric bill thanks to the energy of the sun and TO HIDROVOLTAICA RE S.L.

Video of the insulated photovoltaic installation in Torrent, Valencia (Spain)

We echo the public news in the Valencian newspaper “Las Provincias” about the installation of isolated photovoltaic hydrovoltaica RE.

If farmers are aiming to grow more ecologically, the irrigators do not want to be left behind and intend to contribute sustainably to the preservation of the environment. This was devised by the members of the Civil Society of Regantes de Sant Vicent Ferrer de Monrredondo, in Torrent, Valencia (Spain), which with the installation of a photovoltaic plant on an area of about 2,500 square meters to move the engines that pump the water to the irrigation raft.

Ramón Merino, president of the community for just over a year, raised the possibility of installing this energy system to replace the current electricity supply. After presenting a pioneering project, the proposal went ahead and began the path to obtaining permits and funding, topics in which Hidrovoltaica RE s.l was actively involved.

The plant consists of five rows – the largest of 45 meters long and the smallest of seven – with about 700 panels in total. The facility will be able to move two engines of 75 hp each to generate the 1,500 Kilowatts needed to pump the water to a raft, located about 2.5 kilometers, with capacity for about ten million liters and supply about 250 hectares of farmland and an instant flow of 66 liters per second.

The depreciation of the facility will be about 7 years, including one year of lack negotiated with the bank.


For the first seven years, the commoners will continue to pay the same cost of water – about 15 cents per cubic meter – in such a way that of the 75,000 euros per year that usually enters by irrigation, which are to pay the electricity company, now 45,000 euros are to amortize the credit and the rest to pay current expenses. After 7 years, when credit depreciation is finalized, the cost of the cubic meter will  fall in half. Merino points out that in 25 years the savings from using solar energy can  reach 3.5 million Euros.

In conclusion, Ramón Merino argues that despite the lack of aid and having adopted this solution early, he knows that it will be very profitable for the Community of Irrigators, they will contribute to combating climate change by not emitting CO2 into the atmosphere and that the surrounding irrigators are waiting to “see if it works and propose to imitate us”.