Solar paving to generate electricity in Plaça de les Glòries

A paved area of 50 square metres is set to generate electricity in Plaça de les Glòries. The project won the municipal challenge ‘Generator pavements’, which seeks innovative solutions for generating renewable energy using city infrastructures. The goal is to move forward with the change to the energy model and back self-generation and self-consumption for a more sustainable future.

28/04/2021 11:24 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The installation should generate 7,560 kWh per year, equivalent to the annual consumption of three homes. The system will be monitored in real time to control its efficiency.

A commission will assess the results and look at the feasibility of replicating the formula in other places in the city.

What is solar energy generating paving like?

The system uses a highly resistant anti-slip glass connected with photovoltaic modules and cabling to feed the energy into the general grid.

The paving area will be used in two ways, maintaining its function as a pavement.

Towards a more sustainable future

The initiative responds to the city’s overall goal of changing the energy model and helping to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (compared to 1992), and for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050.