For several decades now, Ente Vasco de la Energía has promoted renewable power generation installations for self-consumption, including all forms of renewable power (photovoltaic, wind, biomass, marine technologies, etc.). To date, the most common technology for this purpose has been solar photovoltaic.
Through an agreement with the Basque Government's education department, Ente Vasco de la Energía has fitted more than 170 photovoltaic plants on the roofs of publicly-owned secondary schools in the Basque Country, with an average capacity of 5 kWp. The project is also intended to raise awareness among schoolchildren as to the advantages of renewable energy.
In light of the success of the project, Ente Vasco de la Energía has extended collaboration to other public authorities in the Basque Country. Nearly 50 photovoltaic plants, with varying capacity, have been fitted on the roofs of buildings owned by both the Basque Government and local authorities. Amongst the most important examples are the installations in various faculties of the University of the Basque Country, such as the Schools of Pharmacy, Education and Sport (Vitoria / Gasteiz), Economics and Business Studies and Engineering (Bilbao), and Architecture and Psychology (Donostia / San Sebastian). Equipment has also been installed on buildings owned by the public sector company SPRI, the Zamudio and Miñano Technology Parks, with capacities of over 200 kWp and municipal sports complexes in a number of towns in the region. Total installed capacity created under the scheme comes to over 5 MWp.
Finally, Ente Vasco de la Energía has also promoted installation of solar photovoltaic plants for self-consumption in homes, companies and buildings in the public and services sectors, offering non-repayable grants on investment.