Switching to LED lighting will generate savings of around 53% on current electricity costs (5.445 kWh/year). At the same time, the photovoltaic system for self-consumption will allow for the production of around 52% of the energy consumed locally, accounting for total energy savings of around 25,4MWh per year (the rough equivalent of 9 Portuguese households’ consumption). This corresponds to avoiding the emission of 7 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere every year or to planting 305 trees. Moreover, this will allow the institution to invest the savings in improving its social care services.
“My days have a different meaning here. In the nursing home, I always have things to do, people who understand me and who take good care of me”, said an elderly person from São Cristóvão Parish Social Centre
The goal of this campaign is to finance the acquisition and installation of an 11,88kWp photovoltaic system for self-consumption and the replacement of conventional lighting for LED lighting in the São Cristóvão Parish Social Centre, a non-profit institution in Alentejo (Portugal) that provides social services for the elderly and the surrounding communities.
Both the LED system and the solar power plant (consisting of 36 modules of 330 Wp) will allow for significant energy savings in comparison with the current consumption. As solar power becomes less and less expensive, the better the business case for producing electricity for self-consumption, especially in regions with high sun exposure such as Alentejo.
The generated energy savings will allow for an annual cost reduction of around 4.730€ on electricity bills. This amount is higher than the costs of financing the project (3.770€/year), making this a profitable and sound project from day one.
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