Padul is a Spanish municipality of the Province of Granada, Andalusia (Southeast of Spain). Padul is located in a very favorable strategic position within the Lecrín Valley and is the link between the two by far most dynamic areas, the metropolitan area of Granada and the “Costa Tropical”, and another touristic attracting area (Alpujarras). Padul leverages both its connection to the metropolitan area, as well as its character as a link with the other provincial dynamic field, the sea shore. But, in turn, may revalue its status as part of medium-sized municipality, therefore high habitability under new social trends, which include certain environmental conditions and landscape, while can enhance some of its natural resources and culture to meet, first, the possible needs of its inhabitants, but also expand the supply of space and qualified services, consolidate its supplier of building material, among other possibilities offered by the municipality (wind potential, quality agricultural, livestock, educational, scientific, etc.). The main activities present in Padul are agriculture, livestock and mining. Traditionally it has been viewed as agricultural and livestock area, where the activities linked to the primary sector have totally dominated the economic profile of the municipal population. In recent decades though, it has transformed its profile into other socio-economic activities, becoming dominant in sectors such as the commercial and industrial ones. Commercial activity is absolutely necessary for the development of most of the economic activities of the municipality, allowing output surplus products and enables the supply of goods.
The municipality of Padul, to advance sustainability, is in the process of implementing the Environmental Local Agenda 21. It has prepared by means of the establishment of forums for citizen participation. Currently the Action Plan is being drafted aiming at saving an ambitious 44.22% of municipal CO2 emissions by 2020. For the energy situation of the municipality a municipal energy audit was developed. From that moment actions have been taken to minimize the energy consumption and the replacement of 100% of the mercury vapour lamps to high pressure sodium vapour lamps and electronic equipment replacement. The municipality has invested in renewable energy with the installation of two wind farms with 9 and 11 turbines each. As well, Padul City Council has worked extensively over recent years in municipal planning, establishing benchmark plans and ordinances for various general areas as land use planning, and strategic development of the municipality, as well as others that cover specific topics: street lighting, waste management, and mobility, among others. Sustainable energy actions already implemented (or under development) are:
- Installation of a 100 kW biomass boiler in a public school (C.P. San Sebastián Renoval I y II) in 2013
- Replacement of 200MV Lamps of 125W by HPSV of 70W in the entire municipality in the framework of the “Provincial RENOVAL program”
- Installation of 30 LED Luminaries of 40W for public lighting in central areas of the municipality
- Installation of Solar Thermal Energy Facilities for solar water heating in a sports center in 2013