Location
Burgos, Spain

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Endesa X, Endesa's energy services subsidiary, has been awarded the public tender to build and commission ten solar photovoltaic plants in eight buildings of the University of Burgos.

The nearly 2,300 photovoltaic modules to be installed will allow a total power of 1.27 MWp, being able to cover up to 28% of the energy needed by the buildings to develop their activities.

Location:

Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain

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  • The University of Burgos is studying the possibilities of cost-effectively transforming the current model of energy use in the existing building stock of cities towards low-emission and low-energy solutions. This transformation of districts is essential in cities where many buildings continue to depend on the use of fossil fuels for their thermal installations.
  • In this sense, the university institution is using solar self-consumption for the first time to reinforce its sustainability policy as part of its strategy to transform a large part of its infrastructures into low-emission buildings.
  • The installation of solar panels to be carried out by Endesa X will consist of 2,298 photovoltaic modules distributed on the roofs of eight buildings to continue making progress in the reduction of the carbon footprint, without external dependencies and starting the path to self-consumption, for which it is already in the Register of the Spanish Office of Climate Change.
  • Specifically, the solar panels will be installed in the faculties of Science, Education, Health Sciences, Humanities and Communication, and Economics and Business Studies; in the University Library and within the Higher Polytechnic School, on the buildings of La Milanera and Río Vena. Environmental benefits are expected, such as saving 551.8 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
  • The planned investment is about one million euros. However, thanks to the formula with which Endesa X has been working, the University of Burgos will not have to make any initial investment, being able to allocate its resources to other initiatives. The company will assume the cost of installing the self-consumption photovoltaic plant.
  • This type of contract establishes a fixed price associated with the energy produced by the self-consumption installations and stipulates that Endesa X will be responsible for the operation, maintenance and exploitation of the installed infrastructure for the ten-year duration of the contract.
  • This increases the level of certainty for the University of Burgos regarding its energy costs during the term of the contract. After a decade, the university will fully manage its photovoltaic installation.