By: Rossella Piccirillo | Sustainability Project and Practice Sharing at Enel | April 29th, 2016

To generate value in its business areas, Enel needs to find partners on the territory that would help the company gain innovative ideas to be transformed in actions to create value.

In fact Enel  partners with associations and international organizations that contribute to the social and economic development of areas and communities in which it operates to favor the dialogue and engagement of communities.

At the official opening of "Solutions/COP21" at the Grand Palais in Paris, Enel announced the launch of its partnership with Liter of Light."

Liter of Light is the world’s largest NGO for solar energy projects, with a program that has involved 20 countries with around 500,000 lights installed. The project, which was conceived in order to develop sustainable lighting in disadvantaged communities around the world, is not just about installing lamps: it is the first NGO in the world that teaches local communities how to build their own solar lamps, thus ensuring the project’s continuity and sustainability.

Designed at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Liter of Light is a device consisting of a solar panel connected to a LED through a  circuit, a rechargeable lithium battery and a plastic bottle. During the daytime it  radiates solar light through the bottle and after the sun sets, the stored energy keeps the LED working all through the night.

 

Since several years Enel executes “PlayEnergy”, a project dedicated to students from several countries where it operates. The project promotes the awareness of the energy world, starting from key themes such as: innovation, efficiency, sustainability, technology, smart consumption, respect for diversity. This project involves thousands of students of all school grades with paper materials, online resources, local initiatives, an international competition, in-depth educational with a scientific approach, multidisciplinary openings, and ideas for their career after the school.

The idea behind the partnership is to activate workshops, with the support of Liter of Light and corporate volunteers, in the schools that are part of the Play energy project. In this way children learn how to build lamps, for households or public lighting, by recycled bottles. The components and the mini solar panels needed to build the lamps will come from recycled materials provided by Enel and other partners. Starting from the CSV methodology used for the sustainable construction site, the project will be achieved by adopting sustainable solutions for logistics, recycling materials as well as the smart and efficient use of energy.

The signing of this partnership agreement is a perfect example of how a company and a NonProfit Organization can work together to solve a number of global issues. The best solution to promote the development of a community is to render it independent.

VALUE FOR BUSINESS

Reach the Access to Electricity SDG goal; new market opportunities.

VALUE FOR STAKEHOLDERS

Have access to clean and cheap energy, foster micro-enterprises; improve health and safety conditions.