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Mercado dos Lavradores to Have Photovoltaic Panels

Between 2020 and 2021, the Funchal City Council is set to invest some half a million euros as part of its sustainability strategy for municipal markets, including the installation of photovoltiac panels which turn light into electricity.

The announcement was given by the Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Silva Gouveia, at the Mercado dos Lavradores, where he was accompanied by fellow councilors Idalina Perestrelo and João Pedro Vieira, as they delivered 100 paper bags to each merchant as part of their sustainability initiative. On the occasion, the Mayor explained that the municipal strategy for its markets encompasses three essential axis of sustainability, “economic, environmental and social.”

Furthermore, said the Mayor, “the project foresees an investment of 300 thousand euros and includes initiatives, such as the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of Mercado dos Lavradores. These have already been installed in other places, namely in Loja do Munícipe, which cost around 100 thousand euros.  However, due to its size, the cost of providing and fitting these panels to the roof of the Mercado dos Lavradores will be considerably higher, probably between 200 and 300 thousand euros.  This course of action will aid the markets aim of self sufficiency as well as providing energy that can be sold back to the grid.

Samantha Gannon

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