AdEPorto has been developing the concept and applicability of Renewable Energy Communities (RECs) in its territory, following the Decree-Law 15/2022 of January 14, which approved the legal framework applicable to self-consumption of renewable energy and energy communities.
The greatest potential for the development of RECs in municipalities is in social housing under their management, associating decentralized production of renewable energy with the mitigation of energy poverty, through access to cheaper energy and increased energy literacy, thus increasing the social cohesion of their territories and enhancing the inclusive role of RECs as active agents in energy transition.
AdEPorto conducted several studies on the implementation of photovoltaic panels and their economic indicators of investment and savings, which identified a potential for creating RECs in the territory of AMP-ND of about 20MWp, after prior analysis of the 263 social housing districts. AdEPorto will act as a facilitator and provider of knowledge already acquired in ongoing projects to Members who are interested in replicating similar projects in their territories, involving the different stakeholders necessary for the implementation of the largest number of RECs in AMP-ND.
The theme of Renewable Energy Communities presents itself as a way to enhance the municipal building cadastre and also as a means to achieve goals in the fight against Energy Poverty, and as a complement to energy efficiency interventions at the level of the surroundings of these buildings, and on the other as a potential for the development of business models that may allow accelerating the penetration of renewable-based energy, reflecting advantages in the population, particularly those in greater economic fragility.