Promote actions aimed at mitigating the environmental impact of large photovoltaic plants and maximizing the benefits for local communities, the environment and biodiversity.
That’s the new challenge Enel Green Power is posing to its employees, companies, universities, research centers experts and startups, via Open Innovability, Enel’s platform dedicated to innovation.
The construction of large solar parks requires large portions of land, with a resulting impact on the environment and consumption of resources like water and soil. Each site chosen for the construction of a renewable plant has unique environmental, geographic and socio-economic features, making mitigating impacts a new challenge for every project.
Innovability for Solar Energy
Each year, the number of photovoltaic plants grows continuously around the world, leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
This is why Enel Green Power, which makes sustainable construction and operation its trademark with its “Sustainable Plant” and worksite models, is in search of innovative ideas to mitigate the environmental impact of its photovoltaic plants, both new and already in operation, and generate social benefits for local communities
The sustainability of EGP plants can also be seen in initiatives enacted to safeguard the surrounding environment, biodiversity and natural resources, like water, which foster sustainable development in the communities where the plants are located at the same time.
In Minnesota, a research program is being developed with the goal of identifying sustainable agricultural practices to create shared benefits for the solar project and agriculture in the areas surrounding the plant, using pollination.
A Challenge for More Sustainable Plants
The energy world is going through a major revolution in the name of sustainability - and innovability is the key to opening up to new concrete opportunities for the communities that host our renewable plants.
The new Challenge, inspired by the principles of the circular economy, will lead to a true epochal change in the energy sector and is a chance to share Enel Green Power’s commitment to reaching three of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): clean and accessible energy (SDG 7), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), life on land (SDG 15).
Ideas from the Open Innovability platform should promote solutions that can be applied to one or more stages of the project’s value chain to mitigate the impacts of photovoltaic plant construction and operation (or generate positive impacts) on land use, safeguarding biodiversity, the microclimate, geo-hydrological resources and local archaeological heritage
The best proposal, chosen by a Enel Green Power committee based on verified technical and economic solidity and based on the requirements for the challenge, will be chosen and rewarded with 15,000 $.
You still have until July 15 to enter the challenge!