Solar Solidarity | Fundação EDP

The planet needs a greener and more inclusive energy, where the sun powers everyone, with no exceptions.

In 2021 the 'Solar Solidário' (Solar Solidarity) programme got under way and, with support from Fundação EDP and Fundación EDP, solar panels are being installed in welfare institutions in Portugal and Spain. This Iberian project allows communities to consume and share solar energy among themselves, while also supporting more vulnerable neighbours and significantly reducing their energy bills.

The programme comprises two types of action:

Individual Self-Consumption: transforming institutions (typically social in nature) into producers, thereby offering them more affordable solar energy

Collective Self-Consumption: covering the cost of self-produced energy consumed by vulnerable families who live close to these institutions.

Fundação EDP and EDP Comercial also signed a collaboration agreement with the Portuguese National Confederation of Solidarity Institutions (CNIS) with a view to allowing welfare institutions to produce solar energy, which they can use for themselves or to support vulnerable families in the local area. Organisations that join will have access to a programme that enables them to embark on the energy transition journey and make energy savings, resulting in lower costs. In 2021, therefore, the decision was made to work with CNIS member institutions, which installed solar panels as part of an as-a-service agreement, the monthly fees for which will be financed by Fundação EDP throughout 2022. Additionally, in order to also help vulnerable people who live in the Solar Neighbourhood set to be created with the Association for the Promotion and Advancement of Family Support (APDAF), we have made a commitment to offer such families a monthly credit on their energy bills during 2022, which is equivalent to what they will enjoy when the solar community is fully operational.

The 'Solar Solidário' programme is part of Fundação EDP’s social innovation strategy, working actively towards an equitable energy transition, contributing to improved quality of life by increasing energy efficiency, and combating energy poverty among institutions and families alike.