REDIBA, which stands for Renewables and Energy Efficiency Diputación de Barcelona, is a project created by the Barcelona Provincial Council (DIBA) to support the local and provincial authorities in the Province of Barcelona carrying out their committed Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP). It started in a setting where the municipalities had the duty to provide basic services, with reduced income, no investment nor borrowing capacity, increasing energy prices and the commitment to carry-out SEAP actions. Its purpose was to identify actions or measures that could generate enough income (e.g. Renewable Energy Resources (RES) production) or enough financial savings (e.g. energy efficiency) to finance the energy saving investments within a reasonable payback period, i.e. sustainable energy actions or measures in the Province of Barcelona at no cost or debt to the municipalities.
A technical assistance unit (REDIBA TA) was set–up to provide technical support and legal advice to municipalities related to the public tendering of energy savings investments in order to achieve their commitment of CO2 emission reduction by means of public-private cooperation (ESCO, i.e. EPC and ESC, renting). In the REDIBA programme the REDIBA TA acts as project marketer, project facilitator, financial advisor and assessor.
It really started in May 2010 after having secured an ELENA (European Local Energy Assistance) grant of 2,0M€, seeking to reach 50M € investments by the end of the programme in June 2014.
It first focused on solar photovoltaic, but had to reinvent itself after a year due to the abolishment of the feed-in tariff scheme for RES in Spain. It realigned its efforts towards energy efficiency and biomass for heating.
At the end of the programme REDIBA got investment applications from 183 out of the 311 municipalities. It supported 108 implemented projects representing around 96M€ of investment and a CO2 reduction of 21,6K tonnes per year.