We launch the South Campus energy community!
This energy community project is an initiative of the South Campus university community: professors and researchers (PDI), administration and services staff (PAS) and students.
We want to contribute with our grain of sand to the question of what can we do to have a more sustainable campus in the face of the current energy crisis and climate change? We know that top-down actions promoted by governments and municipalities are necessary, but we are aware that this energy transition will not be possible without the active participation of citizens.
For this reason, PDI, PAS and students come together in an energy community that, thanks to micro-investments from €20 to €3,000, will build a 200 kWp photovoltaic installation on the rooftops of the South Campus of the UPM. We will produce renewable energy to power the Campus buildings, we will reduce our carbon footprint and, why not, we will obtain an economic return. It will also mean considerable savings in energy costs for the university and help to meet its sustainability plan.
This energy community will be the first university benchmark in our country, demonstrating that public (UPM) private collaboration (South Campus community) has great advantages for society.
This energy community will also be a citizen science hub where we can all experiment, collect data, monitor our energy habits and suggest actions so that each member of the university community can become a NEAR-ZERO citizen in CO2 emissions.
This energy community is part of a broader initiative, called the AURORA project, which promotes similar experiences at the universities of Évora (Portugal), Aarhus (Denmark), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and in the Forest of Dean District Council (UK).