For this reason, Enel volunteers who are members of the association Electricians Without Borders Italy (ESFI) and Enel Green Power proposed the construction of a solar photovoltaic plant to be installed on some pitches of the roofs of the “Citadel of the Poor and of Hope”, one of the Mission’s three communities.
In previous years, a 27-KW photovoltaic plant was already installed at another location of the Mission.
ESFI and EGP’s new plant has 32.4 KW of power, which, combined with the previous power, will bring the Mission’s overall capacity to 59.4 KW, able to produce, when in full operation, 89,000 kWh of renewable energy each year and to avoid the emission of 47 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere a year.
The self-produced green energy will be used to power the kitchen, the oven, the laundry and the workshops of the complex and will allow for a savings of about 20,000 euro a year.
Enel Green Power, through the Sicilian factory 3Sun, donated photovoltaic modules to the project, following in the footsteps of the past – the group already participated, through Enel Cuore, in the reconstruction of the canteen.
During his visit to the Mission of Hope and Charity, Pope Francis spent a few minutes in the corner of the structure dedicated to the new photovoltaic plant project.
It was a moment of great meaning and emotion, during which the Pope blessed the plant and offered words of encouragement to the volunteers and to all the people that supported the project: another reason to light up the “Mission of Hope and Charity” with renewable energy.