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Solar panels to supply renewable energy to municipal football pitch

foto 2020 fotovoltaiques futbolThe Formentera Department of Environment reports that crews have completed installation of the solar panels that will supply the municipal football pitch with renewable energy starting next year. The pitch will receive 36,603kw/h, or 84% of the energy generated by the panels — a quantity which accounts for 88.383 kw/h, or 41% of the sporting facility’s total energy consumption.

Environment councillor Antonio J. Sanz billed it as “the latest in a host of Consell initiatives seeking to promote and educate around renewable options as we begin the energy transition”. The idea, he said, “isn’t just to reduce consumption, but to add to the grid’s supply too”. Sanz also highlighted Formentera’s joining earlier this month of VPP4Island, a pioneer EU project to promote renewable systems integration and drive the transition towards smart and green energy.

Forty-three per cent of financing for the €48,000 installation (VAT included) came from the LEADER 2014-2020 Operational Programme of the Balearic Islands.

5 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera takes message of sustainability to World Travel Market’s online 2020 edition

foto 2020 salinesThe Formentera Department of Tourism reports that from 9 to 11 November the island will participate in London’s World Travel Market, traditionally a face-to-face expo that will be staged online in light of the public health situation.

The kick-off is set for Monday 9 November, when each of the four Balearic islands will share a video spotlighting their destination. According to marketing chief Carlos Bernús, Formentera’s clip situates the island on the world map, underscoring its rich scenic beauty —apt not just for beachbumming, but for sport, natural discovery and bird-watching routes too— history and homespun tradition.

Bernús said the virtual expo would find Formentera’s tourism team engaging in interviews and meetings with travel agencies, tour operators, press and even garden-variety travelers with an interest in the island. “We’ll be driving home all the perks of off-season travel to Formentera and our brimming calendar of cultural and sporting functions”, indicated the director.

Other points of focus will be Formentera’s commitment to tourist, economic and social sustainability, with local representatives holding up formentera.eco as an example. The island’s tourism reps will also hone in on Formentera’s wealth of low-traffic open spaces — likely a competitive edge amid  ongoing concern around the Covid-19 crisis.

5 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

In road safety push, vegetation cleared along PM-820

foto 2020 poda PM820The Formentera Department of Island Services reports that workers began pruning vegetation along a stretch of PM-820 in a effort to enhance road safety. The three-week operation will be limited to the segment from kilometre 12.5 to kilometre 16.5 at the edge of town, with crews trimming branches below the six metre mark to give outsize passing vehicles ample clearance.

4 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell offers training to help Formentera merchants enchance digital mettle

cartell 2020 capsules formativesThe Formentera Department of Commerce announces the start of ‘Càpsules formatives virtuals’ — a programme of online courses designed to help local business owners expand their portfolio of digital competences. The classes form part of a battery of initiatives developed in coordination with Formentera shopowners and cofinanced by the Consell and Govern balear (the former will fork out four thousand euros, the latter ten thousand) under this September’s “Open Sky” agreement.

Commerce councillor Ana Juan said the measure was just one of several Consell initiatives seeking to offer island businesses resources to navigate the Covid-19 crisis. “We want Formentera businesses to stay competitive and hope this training gives them the tools to take the spirit of Formentera online. “Formentera is committed to hometown commerce”, affirmed the councillor, “and now more than ever”.

The “training capsules” comprise six two-hour sessions of beginners’ and intermediate-level training and run Tuesday 10 November to 15 December.

Business owners interested in taking part can contact the commerce office by email (mercats@conselldeformentera.cat) or telephone (971.32.12.71 ext. 2).

Courses cover the following fields:

Beginners’
Making a go at online sales
-Tuesday 10 November, 5.00pm–7.00pm
Geolocalising your business
-Tuesday 17 November, 5.00pm–7.00pm
Selling on social media: Facebook & Instagram
-Tuesday 24 November, 5.00pm–7.00pm

Intermediate
Selling on WhatsApp business
-Tuesday 1 December, 5.00pm–7.00pm
Raffles, drawings and contests on Instagram & Facebook
-Wednesday 9 December, 5.00pm–7.00pm
Shaping a digital marketing strategy for your business
-Tuesday 15 December, 5.00pm–7.00pm

4 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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