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EDP's customers help IPSS in Portugal transitioning to renewable energy

Thursday 16, May 2019

The company launches solar generation, combining a new commercial offer in the acquisition of solar panels with a social responsibility initiative.

EDP is reinforcing its strategy to invest in renewable energy from the sun and intends to inspire more and more Portuguese people to join the new solar generation, a generation of people sharing the same concerns about the planet and society. This is an initiative with which the company intends to reach more and more customers, and now, through a solidarity initiative, clients will also be able to help donate solar panels to charities when they buy solar systems for their homes. 

For each sale of solar systems effective from January 1st, 2019, a cell of a solar panel grid, available at www.edp.pt, will be filled in the name of the customer who purchased the product. When a 60-square grid is complete, a solar system will be assigned to a solidarity institution that will be able to reduce its monthly energy bill. 

The 18 IPSS that will be supported by EDP Comercial clients - one for each mainland Portugal district - were chosen with the support of the ENTRAJUDA Association, according to the following criteria: social relevance of the institutions in the communities in which they are active, impact that this initiative will have on the work they do, and the feasibility of installing solar systems in their facilities. These institutions are already identified and can be seen on edp.pt.

Associated with this campaign is a new commercial offer that will allow customers to acquire up to five solar panels for energy self-consumption. Starting from €14.90 per month over 48 months, with no down payment. The energy generated by the panels will be used for client consumption and in cases when the use of electricity from the grid is still necessary, the client will have a 10% discount on EDP Comercial's green solar energy plan, which guarantees that the client's home is using energy produced from renewable sources.

In order to help the client find the best solution for their type of housing and energy use, and to understand the total savings per year and the investment value, an online advice platform was also developed, available at www.edp.pt. 

The advertising campaign that is promoting this offer has the creativity of the agency Solid Dogma and shows the new solar generation that EDP wants to bring forward. A generation that wants to save more and waste less, that cares about its environmental footprint and is committed to the planet sustainability. 

These initiatives, which the company intends to extend to more Portuguese people, are in line with EDP's new plan: to focus on solutions that contribute to the decarbonization of society, as is also an example of a bet on solutions that accelerate electric mobility in Portugal.

EDP has been investing in clean energies in recent years because we believe it is our duty to find cleaner and more efficient solutions for our residential and business customers. This is a path we want to take in an increasingly sustainable way through offers like this, in which our customers can consume the renewable energy they produce, while contributing to a social cause, as Vera Pinto Pereira, president of EDP Comercial, highlights.

EDP is the leader in solar energy in Portugal, with 80% of the market share in residential consumption. The company has already made more than 20,000 sales and installations for residential customers, allowing them to save an average of about 20% on their invoices, while helping to avoid the production of 4,000 tons of CO2. Additionally, more than 18,500 systems were installed for corporate customers, including the recent installation for the country's largest solar energy storage park, with a total capacity of 3.8MWp, for the self-consumption of the battery manufacturer Exide.

List of IPSS to be supported by EDP Comercial customers, by district include:

Aveiro - Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Vale de Cambra 
Beja - Children's Center Coronel Sousa Tavares
Braga - Solidarity Association of São Tiago de Fraião
Bragança - CERCIMAC
Castelo Branco - Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Vale de Covilhã
Coimbra - ADFP Foundation - Assistance, Development and Professional Training
Évora - Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Vale de Vendas Novas
Faro - Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Vila Real de Santo António
Guarda - Comissão de Melhoramentos de Videmonte
Leiria - Cultural Solidarity Center of Peniche
Lisboa - Associação Luiz Pereira da Motta
Portalegre - Santa Casa da Misericórdia in Vale de Montargil
Porto - Santo António Foundation
Santarém - Adventist Social Assistance Lapisul
Setúbal - Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Grândola
Viana do Castelo - Alvarães Social Assistance Office
Vila Real - Recreational and Cultural Social Center of Vilar de Maçada
Viseu - Social Solidarity Association Alvorada na Serra