A new rebellion looms over the electricity companies. We are not talking about the broadside launched by Podemos against the high prices of electricity, the oligopoly of the sector and its collusion with the governments of the day, but about an initiative that, if successful, will seriously damage the income of the companies.
It is about ‘Cut the cables‘, a campaign promoted by the Sustainable Development Foundation that promotes the insubordination of citizens before the yoke of the receipt of electricity with the ‘independence’ of homes and small companies from the electrical system. The objective is to turn each family into a producer of electricity from their homes, offices, farms, workshops ..., breaking the contractual relationship with the electricity companies.
It is a new concept of self-consumption, totally disconnected from the electricity grid, in which the customer generates and accumulates with solar panels all the energy he needs throughout the year, without having to use the traditional grid or pay the bill.
"The permanent electrical self-sufficiency system (AOSS in its acronym in English) represents a great advance in the technology of electrical self-supply, allowing any home to disconnect from the electricity grid and have its own grid that allows it to have the necessary energy in each moment for its own consumption. The system is made up of various devices for generating electricity, establishing an internal grid, direct injection to the domestic electricity grid, and accumulation. All equipped with automated mechanisms that allow comfort and service equivalent to that of the conventional electrical network ".
This is how clear and meridian the manifesto begins with which the Foundation tries to attract followers of the new cause throughout Spain. In just five months, more than 130,000 people have been interested in the project, which, in the style of social movements that now remove many Spaniards from their sofas, has spread not only via the internet, but also through face-to-face talks in different provinces.
The cutting of cables that they promote is not only symbolic, it is also real and legal, avoiding the tasks that the Government is imposing on the development of self-consumption in homes and companies with dumping into the surplus energy network. Independent self-consumption was born as an alternative to the power of the electricity oligopoly and tries to bring to the cities a phenomenon that began to develop in rural environments many years ago.
Those country houses, farms, agricultural holdings and other types of facilities that were isolated and could not be connected to the traditional electrical grid obtained their electricity by self-producing it with solar panels. They did not pay any receipt and all their electricity was renewable, without receipts, without legal obstacles, but with great technical limitations. However, the new AOSS systems allow "any electricity user who has a sufficient sunny surface, approximately seven square meters for each KW of power currently contracted, and who has a space in the home of 4 square meters to install the accumulation system, the auxiliary energy system and the injection and control systems ", can be completely independent of the system.
"With the AOSS System, you have the possibility of being the owner, the owner of your energy. It allows you to unsubscribe from the electricity company and depend exclusively on you. No more bills at the end of the month, no threats, no unexpected increases, without fear of turning on the light. With the peace of mind of depending exclusively on your effort, your energy management and with the support and guarantee of an accredited and committed company through a contract with the user and with the Sustainable Development Foundation ", says this institution on their website. The cost of the facilities can range from 12,500 euros for a 3 kilowatt (generates 6,000 kW / h per year) to almost 24,000 euros for a 7 kilowatt (generates 12,000 Kw / h per year), so that the investment could be amortized in a period of 8 years. Of course, everything will depend on the needs and profiles of each consumer, as well as the location and insolation of the home or industry to be equipped.
"The prices must be adapted in each installation to the energy needs of each house so that no two budgets are the same. Two houses that have similar annual consumption can have a very different installation budget, to the point that one is much higher This may be due, for example, to the fact that the habit of the home is to connect many electrical appliances at the same time and the other does it distributed throughout the day, so that the first one needs a greater installed power than the second ", point out the promoters of Corta los cables by way of explanation. What is completely free is the raw material, the sun. Furthermore, photovoltaic energy is one hundred percent renewable and non-polluting. Energy self-sufficiency is completely legal and the facilities, from a fiscal point of view, comply with the current regulations for paying VAT on invoices.
The licenses determined by the municipalities are also required. If the initiative is successful in towns and urbanizations, AOSS networks could be created to share the excess generated energy between the interconnected facilities. "This modality would allow the auxiliary system to be common to all interconnected neighbors and, therefore, more economical. It would also have the advantage of complementing the availability of energy, adding the accumulation available," they point out.
And if you live in one floor of a building, is it possible to install a self-consumption system? Yes you can, "as long as the owner of the installation has the necessary solar collection surface, both on the roof and on the south facade, and has the necessary authorization from the community of owners. In this case, the ideal would be that the entire building is interconnected or that the residents of the same who wish to install their installation, "conclude the platform. There are already dozens of companies specialized in the development of solar projects that have been accredited as "installation companies" to be hired by those interested.