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12 The Portugal News • 21 Jul 2018                                 News


      Lisbon planning solar plant to feed municipal fleet



      Lisbon council has announced it is drawing up plans for a solar plant that will take shape in the Carnide neighbourhood to
      charge vehicles in its municipal fleet, such as buses and rubbish trucks.

                                                                                                              isbon             enough to supply one
                                                                                                              Environment       thousand houses, and will
                                                                                                              Councillor José   be installed over an area
                                                                                                        LSá Fernandes told      of one thousand square
                                                                                                        news radio station TSF  metres.
                                                                                                        that the council is       However, “this plant will
                                                                                                        following the line of   be explored by the
                                                                                                        thinking that “fossil fuel  municipality since it is
                                                                                                        has to be replaced with  intended to supply the
                                                                                                        local clean fuel, and so we  city’s fleet,” Sá Fernandes
                                                                                                        will have a solar plant in  reiterated.
                                                                                                        Lisbon to supply electric  In his view, the solar
                                                                                                        buses”.                 plant “will boost Lisbon in
                                                                                                          Describing the        a way that is different from
                                                                                                        ambitious project as “a  any other”, and he
                                                                                                        measure of great        believes it is “perfectly
                                                                                                        impact”, he explained it  exportable to other cities
                                                                                                        falls under the umbrella  because they can have a
                                                                                                        of the European Green   local solar power station
                                                                                                        Capital award, which the  in one place and the
                                                                                                        Portuguese capital won  buses elsewhere”.
                                                                                                        and will be donning the   Lisbon 2020 will also
      Lisbon Mayor Fernando Medina pictured here unveiling plans to reduce municipal transport emissions  title in 2020, under the  see the Portuguese
      to zero. (Photo: Lusa/António Pedro Santos).                                                      banner Lisbon 2020.     capital gain its own
                                                                                                          Councillor Sá         recycled water network to
                                                                                                        Fernandes said the      clean the streets, as well
      New beach flag causes confusion                                                                   clean energy created    as a drainage plan to
                                                                                                        through the solar plant  avoid flooding, which is
      A new red and yellow striped flag being hoisted for the first time this year on Portuguese beaches
      A new red and yellow striped flag being hoisted for the first time this year on Portuguese beaches
      A new red and yellow striped flag being hoisted for the first time this year on Portuguese beaches
      A new red and yellow striped flag being hoisted for the first time this year on Portuguese beaches  will feed “the fleet of  hoped to be implemented
      A new red and yellow striped flag being hoisted for the first time this year on Portuguese beaches
                                                                                                                                by 2020.
                                                                                                        electric buses that
      seems to be causing some confusion among beach-goers as it indicates beaches are safe to swim on,
      seems to be causing some confusion among beach-goers as it indicates beaches are safe to swim on,  [municipal public        “Work on the drainage
      seems to be causing some confusion among beach-goers as it indicates beaches are safe to swim on,
      seems to be causing some confusion among beach-goers as it indicates beaches are safe to swim on,
      seems to be causing some confusion among beach-goers as it indicates beaches are safe to swim on,
      despite the colours on the traditional beach flag safety system suggesting otherwise.
      despite the colours on the traditional beach flag safety system suggesting otherwise.
      despite the colours on the traditional beach flag safety system suggesting otherwise.             transport company]      plan will be ongoing but
      despite the colours on the traditional beach flag safety system suggesting otherwise.
      despite the colours on the traditional beach flag safety system suggesting otherwise.
                                                                                                        Carris will buy”.       the natural-based
        Traditionally, on the solid  decided in an international  bathing; not mandatory,  in time: “This will eventually       retention basins will all be
                                                                                                          Lisbon’s rubbish trucks
      block-colour flags, red  convention and that these  recommended”, explained  be demystified; we have  are also to be solar  ready because the sites
      means do not enter the sea  flags will be adopted by the  Fernando Fonseca.  made an effort with the  powered.            are currently being
      while yellow means a     different countries       To overcome this issue, a  media (...) to spread the  Speaking to TSF, José  finished off. At this very
      medium hazard and bathers  belonging to the ILF  notice board will be posted  reason for these flags, both  Sá Fernandes  moment, we are working
      should exercise caution.  (International Life Saving  at the entrance of beaches to  on social networks and in all  announced the solar  on sites in the Alcântara
        However, this new flag,  Association).         explain the meaning of the  the opportunities that we                    valley and the Praça da
      comprising a thick band of  “The only thing that could  various flags being flown,  have with the media.  plant will take shape in  Espanha, and we hope
                                                                                                        Carnide and “soon we
      red and yellow, actually  cause some confusion (...) is  such as the traditional safety  “We are talking about the  will launch the tender.  they will be finished [by
      means the spot is safe and  that people might think this  flags (i.e. red, yellow and  flags and I think it’s just a  We are just waiting for  2020] too”, he stressed.
      recommended to swim in.  is an area where you cannot  green) and, in certain cases,  matter of time [before people  the license from the  Work on sites in
        In comments to         enter. It may have the  the Blue Flag quality   get used to them]. This                          Ameixoeira is also
      newspaper i, Fernando    opposite effect, but in fact it  symbols.       matter will be demystified”  Directorate General for  nearing completion and
                                                                                                        Energy”.
      Fonseca, spokesman for the  doesn’t mean that. These  However, Fernando  but, he stressed, “it was not  The plant will produce  in Paço do Lumiar work
      National Maritime Authority,  flags delimit the  Fonseca believes any    our responsibility to choose  two mega watts, which is  begins in three months.
      explained that colours were  recommended area for  puzzlement will be resolved  the colours.”
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