Much more than jobs
Besides the 650 direct and indirect jobs generated in the construction phase, the project that Enel Green Power Spain is carrying out also brings other benefits to Logrosán. The company will carry out energy audits to reduce the energy consumption in 15 of the village’s public buildings, and in three of them, self-consuming photovoltaic panels will be installed.
One of those buildings is the residence for the elderly managed by the Association for the Training and Employment of Women in the Rural Environment (FEMAR). Isabel Villa, director of FEMAR, fondly remembers when the association was founded 18 years ago. The residence for the elderly project served to fulfil the double objective of increasing the employability of women and improving the lives of elderly residents, who receive assistance in their own village. Today, there are 67 elderly people and 40 workers (mostly women) living at the centre.
Isabel is now making the calculations to find out how much they will save on their energy bill: on the one hand, because of the energy audit and changing the lights to the more efficient LED technology, and on the other hand, through self-consumption. EGPE will install solar panels on the roof that are currently being used to provide electricity to the construction area of the park: 10 KW of power, with which "we will cut electricity by one-third", and also, "the panels last 25 years, so it’s not a one-off aid package; rather, it will be felt over the years", she pointed out with satisfaction.
This other side of photovoltaic projects, the measures to the community’s benefit, in which 230,000 euros will be invested, are for the mayor of Logrosán, a clear example of what companies in the 21st century should do.