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Enel Green Power and National Geographic tell Green Energy Stories together

Seven countries, nine stories. The protagonists tell us how their lives were changed by our commitment to creating shared value for communities and the environment. This series of true stories was recorded live by the National Geographic team around our plants.

Green Energy Stories

Stories of sustainability and energy

From Brazil’s virgin rainforests, where communities are caretakers of rich biodiversity, to the edges of South Africa’s highlands, where the sun shines year round, 9 protagonists tell us how their lives were changed by the renewable energy that we brought to their communities and the sustainability projects that stemmed from listening to their needs.

These are Green Energy Stories, small and large tales of how a company that produces renewable energy has bonded with communities near its plants, told by our storytelling partner: National Geographic.

Every story springs from a critical moment characterized by today’s social, economic and environmental challenges. The protagonists had to deal with situations that put them to the test and forced them to act, to rebel against the status quo and become pioneers of change and symbols of the transition towards a more sustainable future.

Enel Green Power was both a guide and a companion on these tough yet rewarding journeys, steadfast in its commitment to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as per the 2030 Agenda.



A camera-car panning the stretch of windmill blades at Thunder Ranch, our wind farm in Oklahoma (USA), is the perfect backdrop to tell the story of what was triggered in Shafe’s mind when he realized that his calling was to work in the green energy sector. The National Geographic troupe met with him at the High Plains Technology Center where he made his dream come true thanks to a scholarship awarded him by Enel Green Power.



A traumatic event made her look back and analyze her past. That's how Kathy discovered her passion for nature and a desire to instill respect for the environment in younger generations. We flew to Oklahoma (USA) to attend one of her lessons, part of the KidWind Challenge educational program. We explored the world of renewable energy with her students and even learned how to build a wind turbine.



In the green heart of Brazil, National Geographic’s cameras ventured into the Boqueirão da Onça forest to show the world Thiago’s achievement. Thanks to an Enel Green Power environmental protection project, he overcame all obstacles and bureaucratic red tape to save an endangered species.



Human actions undoubtedly affect the environment, for better or for worse. Marcos’ story demonstrates how satisfying the demand for electricity in a delicate ecosystem like the Brazilian Amazon rainforest requires extra care and attention. His story is one of awareness and change in order to protect the environment and future generations.



Sunset marked the end of all daily activities until a few years ago in the small town of Ollagüe, nestled around 3,600 meters above sea level among the Antofagasta region’s mountains at the border between Chile and Bolivia. Thanks to Enel Green Power’s renewable energy plant, Edwin can now cultivate his passion and teach traditional Andean music to the youth in his community.



We traveled through this East African country to find out just how renewable energy can illuminate lives, bringing with it new hope to St. Luke Hospital in Ethiopia. Almaz gives powerful testimony, a surgeon who feared for patients’ lives due to continuous blackouts. 



In Villanueva, Mexico, potable water was a luxury good. Gabriel, like other village residents, had to travel kilometers and carry back water for drinking, cooking and bathing. The water purification plant donated by Enel Green Power for free public use improved the quality of Gabriel’s life and that of many families in the area.



Small businesses are the lifeblood of local communities in Kuruman, South Africa, even if economic difficulties make their futures uncertain. Oupa’s proactive spirit and optimism helped him find the right opportunity to develop his business and realize his dream to expand his mattress production workshop thanks to our support and our circular economy project.



He lost his job at 50 and living in a desolate area like Murcia, Spain also made him lose hope. But that was his homeland and Peña did not want to leave it behind. As always, his wife, Encarna, stood by his side. She supported him until construction began on the large, innovative Totana solar park, giving a second chance to Peña and the Spanish region.

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