To combat energy poverty, the county assembly of the Red Cross in Loja, Granada, together with the company Bioloxa Gestión Energética and its partners, Intecbio and Axpo, have installed 6 pellet stoves in homes with scarce resources from Loja and Huétor Tajar, since the end of 2016. The social and childcare center at risk of exclusion of El Pinar has a biomass boiler 150 kW for heating and ACS. This center offers integral attention to families, with the education of minors as a priority. For this, it operates on several fronts: school support for children from 6 to 14 years with volunteer teachers; collaborative food project, in which some families cook for others in rotating shifts; and fight against energy poverty to guarantee minimum comfort conditions in homes.
The 6 equipment installed in homes are 7 kW polycombustible air stoves - for bone and pellet. Contracts of assignment between the families and Red Cross have been established by which they commit themselves to carry out a correct use and maintenance. Previously they have received specific training.
5 pellet bags are supplied each week in order to promote responsible consumption. Each month a performance monitoring of the equipment is carried out to evaluate the cleanliness and its general condition. A competition in efficiency.
Right now the project occupies a person of voluntary character, although the whole assembly complements the work. A "energy culture" training program has been launched to decipher electricity and gas bills.
Right now it is in the process of replication in other regions. We are studying a project to become an assembly of almost zero consumption, that is, capable of generating with our resources - biomass and sunshine - the energy we need: cooking, lighting, cold room, freezer chamber, air conditioning, ACS ....