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Enel X energizes education with renewables

Endesa X works in partnership with academic institutions to help them generate their own power and teach sustainability

Enel X helps academic institutions reduce their energy needs and bills by offering products and services that enable self-generating energy from renewable sources like solar. Along with the physical infrastructure, Enel X’s smart building solutions enable integrating renewables while maintaining compatibility with institutions’ legacy systems. Together with universities, Enel X studies the most suitable mix of solutions for each building. For example, the Enel X Internet of Things platform can help educational institutions organize and manage data from each of their buildings’ systems, easily improving energy consumption and air quality, while with our heat pump systems, heating and cooling can be more efficient, reducing operating costs. Enel X guarantees appropriate power solutions while also delivering savings sufficient to repay each project’s costs, thus freeing up additional funds which can then be reinvested in support of learning institutions’ core educational mission.

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Enel X, with its expertise in renewables and energy efficiency projects, has launched programs with prestigious universities in Spain to help them generate their own clean energy while teaching sustainability to their students.

Universidad de Jaén partners with Endesa X for renewables

In order to increase its energy efficiency through renewable energy sources, the University of Jaén asked Endesa X to design a self-consumption system that would enable the institution to achieve its sustainability goals. Endesa X met the challenge, designing and building two PV systems that it installed on the roofs and shade canopies on the buildings of the university’s Lagunillas and Linares campuses. Under the terms of a 15-year contract, the university - which hosts some 12,000 students - was not required to make any financial investment. Instead, Endesa X installed, manages and maintains the system for the duration of the contract, guaranteeing a pre-agreed price for the energy produced. At the end of the contract, the system’s ownership will pass directly to the university. 
The Endesa X solution enables the academic institution to annually produce 2,141 MWh of electricity while avoiding some 700 metric tons of emissions, equivalent to the amount of CO₂ absorbed each year by 71,376 trees. With a peak capacity of 1.3 MWp, the PV system covers 20% of the buildings’ energy needs and helps protect the university from energy price volatility. Endesa X supplied the photovoltaic panels and handled the installation, while the balance of the university’s power requirements is obtained via a contract with Endesa Energia, which supplies the university with an additional 8,000 MWh per year. By taking on the entire initial costs of the project, Endesa X enables the university to allocate its financial resources to other initiatives while at the same time continue along its sustainability journey.

The University of Seville goes solar

With the help of Endesa X, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla has taken a decisive step on its path to energy independence and increased environmental sustainability. Together with Endesa X, the Andalusian university will set up a PV system capable of generating up to 2.68 MWp of power and producing 4,073 MWh of electricity annually, the amount necessary to cover almost 33% of the university’s campus power needs. Endesa X will supply the photovoltaic panels and handle the installation, while the balance of the university’s power requirements will be obtained via a contract with Endesa Energia, which will supply the university with about 11 GWh per year.
With this system, the university – which caters to some 13,000 students each year – will be able to cut its annual emissions of climate-changing CO₂ by some 1,018 tons, a measure equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gases absorbed by 6,100 trees. Aside from reducing pressure on the environment, the deal between the University of Seville and Endesa X is also financially light on the learning institution: the installation of the 3,432 PV modules at the university’s campus – a 2.7-million-euro investment – will be completely taken on by Endesa X, which will also operate and handle maintenance of the system over 15 years, selling the university electricity at a pre-agreed price. At the end of this period, the system’s operation will pass completely to the university of Seville, which will over the years have saved money, monitored its electricity use and enhanced its environmental credentials – while involving its students in its sustainability drive. 

Granada University powers itself sustainably

When the University of Granada wanted to adopt renewable energy as a way to cut emissions and save on energy bills, it turned to Endesa X, who – under a 10 year deal – is supplying the prestigious higher learning institution with a PV system that will enable it to continue along its energy transition journey while becoming more sustainable. The new system will generate up to 2.65 MWp of power and produce 4,175 MWh of electricity annually, enough to cover 27.4% of the campus's power needs. Endesa X will supply the photovoltaic panels and handle the installation, while the balance of the university’s power requirements will be supplied via a contract with Endesa Energia, which will supply the university with about 11 GWh per year.
Thanks to this solution, the University of Granada – which each year hosts just over 24,000 students – will significantly reduce its environmental footprint: the renewable solution will allow it to cut CO₂ emissions by 1,044 tons annually, an amount equivalent to that absorbed by planting 6,252 trees. The PV panels will be installed on the roofs of nine university buildings; the installation of the system – which includes more than 4,900 solar panels – will require an investment of 1.9 million euros. But in what is an added bonus of the project, the University will have no initial upfront costs: Endesa X will take on the financial burden, including installation costs, allowing the university to spend its money on other initiatives. Endesa X will also manage the project and carry out maintenance over the 10 years of the contract, during which it will sell the university electricity at a pre-agreed price. After the contract expires, the university will take full control of the system. This is the third deal Endesa X signs with a public university in Andalucía.

Madrid’s Complutense powers up and saves on energy

Self-producing energy is one of the best ways to curb electricity bills. And when the energy produced originates from renewable sources, it also helps curb those greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. When Madrid’s Complutense University was seeking a way to attain these goals, it issued a public tender. Endesa X won and - together with the university - developed a solar powered solution to meet the academic institution’s needs. Starting this summer, Endesa X is installing 2,632 photovoltaic modules on the rooftops of Complutense buildings. The total energy produced by the 14 plants comprising the PV system, when it is completed, will be some 1,952 MWh per year - with a maximum capacity of 1.4 MWp.
By shifting to a self-consumption-based model, Complutense University will reduce its CO₂ emissions by 428 tons annually, the equivalent of planting some 2,569 trees each year. As with other similar deals between Endesa X and Spanish academic institutions, Complutense will not be required to pay any of the 1.3 million euro investment upfront. Endesa X will cover the initial costs, as well as operations and maintenance expenses, over a 10-year period. This will allow the university to allocate resources to other initiatives. Complutense will acquire the electricity produced by the system from Endesa at a fixed price over the duration of the deal - an added benefit, as it increases certainty about part of its energy costs. At the end of the contract period, Complutense will take ownership of the PV infrastructure.

Leading the University of Burgos to total solar self-generation

Following a public bid process, Endesa X has been tapped by the University of Burgos to help it achieve ambitious renewable energy self-generation goals, part of the Spanish academic institution’s efforts to become more environmentally sustainable by cutting fossil fuel use and reducing harmful atmospheric emissions. To help the university meet its goals, Endesa X will install 10 solar energy producing systems on the rooftops of eight of the learning institution’s buildings, enough to generate a maximum of 1.27 MWp. This will not only help the university along the path to self-generating enough capacity to cover its energy requirements; it will also help the environment by avoiding up to 551.8 tons of CO₂ emissions annually, equivalent to the yearly absorption capacity of some 3,305 trees.
A total of 2,298 PV panels will be installed on the rooftops of various of the university’s faculties and the library – enough to cover approximately 28 per cent of the institution’s current power needs. The total investment for the infrastructure is projected to be approximately 1 million euros, but it will be covered by Endesa X, freeing the University to invest precious financial resources in education. Endesa X offers customers a type of contract whereby it stipulates a fixed price to be paid over the duration of the 10-year contract, during which the energy services provider will be responsible for operating, maintaining and exploiting the installed infrastructure – a solution that will allow the University of Burgos to increase its level of certainty with regards to its energy costs for the entire period. When the contract is completed, the University will take over full operations and management of its photovoltaic installation.