Engaging with our communities
FRANCE: CROWDFUNDING PROJECT
The project for Escardes Wind Farm, in France, has taken community involvement to a different level by allowing people to participate financially.
As a result of growing demand for increased financial participation from local authorities and residents, a crowdfunding initiative has been launched for this windfarm of 12MW, now under construction and with expected completion in the first half of 2016. The purpose was to raise a debt tranche to be held by local community members.
180 people have supported the crowdfunding campaign
This kind of local participative investment (either in the form of local shareholdings or local loans) is seen as a means to increase public support, minimize litigation, reduce the “Not In My Backyard” attitude, and align interests toward the development of renewable energy projects.
POLAND: FOR AND WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES
To maintain strong and positive long-term relationships with local communities in Poland, the company has organized several events and activities to involve and engage all of the people living in the areas surrounding its wind farms.
During the year, EDPR has been involved in more than 28 events supporting more than 10 communities. Local sports championships, cultural activities promoted with local organizations, educational and environmental activities are among the many initiatives held in Poland in 2015.
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SPAIN: SOLIDARITY TEAM BUILDING
In 2015, 600 employees in Europe were invited to be part of something different. Taking advantage of the fact that most of them were gathered together in activity was to put together humanitarian aid kits destined for 329 Syrian refugees in Spain.
EUROPE: GENERATION EDPR
At EDPR, we believe it is essential to meet today’s objectives without compromising tomorrow’s.
That’s why we not only focus on producing clean energy, but also work to support future generations with projects like University Challenge (in its 7th edition), a project that aims to promote the education, creativity and development of university students; Your Energy, an international program that helps children discover the world of renewable energies; and Green Education, an international project to support the education of children and teenagers of families with limited resources.
These projects exist because we believe there is no better way to contribute to society than to support the education and training of generations to come.
More than 800 primary school students in Poland; and participation of more than 1,000 students in Italy
71 scholarships in Spain, 9 in Italy
EDPR University Challenge
113 projects, with 284 students from 53 universities
UNITED STATES: VOLUNTEERS GIVE BACK TO CHILDREN
EDPR North America supports the local community with many initiatives. One of them was the volunteer work conducted by employees with “Undies for Everyone”, a nonprofit organization providing clean underwear to economically disadvantaged children in the Houston area.