• 18/09/2009

VCC´s photovoltaic roof generates over 340,000 kWh of energy in its first year

The Valencia Conference Centre’s solar roof has been in operation for a year now and has generated 340,782 kWh of energy. This has avoided the emission of over 180 tonnes of CO2 which would have required over 58,000 trees to absorb it.

The roof is the biggest amorphous silicon solar panel installation in a building of this kind. The project is a clear sign of the Conference Centre’s active commitment to sustainability aimed at increasing energy efficiency, improving quality of life and reducing the emission of polluting gases. It is the Conference Centre´s largest contribution to compliance with the Kyoto Protocol.

The roof was started up on 18th September 2008 by the Mayor of Valencia and was the city’s first public building to commit to renewable energy. This pioneering project is just one of the wide range of sustainability initiatives that have been implemented at the venue to improve energy efficiency and show more respect for the environment. This green policy has enabled the Centre to position itself as the perfect venue for holding sustainable events on the international stage.

The photovoltaic roof has also brought recognition for the Centre on the international award scene in 2009. The Valencia Conference Centre was the only Spanish building to be shortlisted for the AIPC Innovation Award, held by the International Association of Congress Centres. The AIPC Innovation Award recognises the creation of new approaches in any aspect of management, marketing or operation of conference and convention centres.

The Managing Director of the Valencia Conference Centre, José Salinas, emphasised the importance of being “a pioneer in the event tourism industry, a sector in which committing to innovation enables both the Centre and the city to position themselves effectively in a market which is becoming more and more competitive.”

Our roof

The roof has a total surface area of 8,200 m2 on which 2,106 photovoltaic modules have been installed on aluminium panels. Investment in the installation of the photovoltaic roof and the energy transformation centre cost just over €3.1 million. The Conference Centre has estimated that the cost of this investment, which was self-funded, will be recovered in around fifteen years, based on current Spanish energy legislation.

The Valencia Conference Centre

During the eleven years since it opened, the Valencia Conference Centre has hosted over 1,800 events and has welcomed 1.2 million visitors. Its work has made a significant contribution to the economic and tourist development of the city of Valencia. The Centre has generated over €500 million for the city, over 16 times the amount it cost to build.

The venue’s management policies help to strengthen its position as a self-financing entity and likewise guarantee the necessary investment to equip the premises with the latest technology and have become a benchmark both at home and abroad. It has implemented the integrated ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and has also been awarded the “Q” Tourist Quality Certificate. In addition, 2007 saw the Valencia Conference Centre obtain the highest European management accolade, the EFQM Recognised for Excellence (4 stars) award, and thus became the first and only conference centre in Spain and only the second in Europe to be given this distinction. It has recently been awarded the Spanish UNE 216301:2007 Energy Efficiency Management Systems certificate and was the first conference centre to obtain certification.