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EDP and its Foundation will boost savings and sustainability at 1,700 Cáritas centres




The EDP Foundation and EDP have reached an agreement with Cáritas to install photovoltaic installations for self-consumption at this charity organisation’s sites throughout Spain. In total, the organisation has 1,700 centres with the potential and space for solar installations, by means of which it will consolidate its commitment to energy savings and sustainability. The first three installations will be at centres in Cordoba.

All of the Cáritas sites with this potential for solar energy can benefit from this agreement, which will be implemented through energy service agreements. EDP provides 100% of the investment and is responsible for the commissioning, legalisation and maintenance of the installation, while each centre pays a monthly fee for the duration of the agreement. Each site will subsequently be able to benefit from the savings and advantages of self-consumption for the lifetime of the installation, which is estimated to be 25 years.

The EDP Foundation is promoting this collaboration as part of its “Solidarity Energy” programme, providing 40,000 euros per year to cover part of the fees of the Cáritas centres that opt for self-consumption.

A typical installation at one of the sites will have average power of 17 kilowatts peak, which translates into an average annual saving of 20% on electricity consumption.

In environmental terms, each installation avoids the emission of 7.5 tonnes of CO2 per year on average and has an impact on air quality similar to that of more than 500 new trees or avoiding a car journey of 200,000 kilometres.

If all 1,700 Cáritas sites install the system, they will have installed power of 29,000 kilowatts peak, which translates into annual savings equivalent to the average electricity consumption of 12,000 households. This will also prevent the emission of 13,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, which will have a positive environmental impact similar to that of almost one million new trees.

In addition, Cáritas will organise annual training courses on energy efficiency for employees at its sites, which will be given voluntarily by EDP employees.

This agreement reinforces the commitment of the three organisations to the UN's 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while reflecting the potential of solar self-consumption to boost energy savings and sustainability.

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