ENERCOUTIM (ENERC) - Portugal
The ENERC constantly promotes rural economic and social development through the optimization of local resources, supporting multidisciplinary and technology-based projects in the areas of clean energy and sustainability. Currently, ENERC is coordinating preliminary studies in another minigrid project, in collaboration with the Municipality of Alcoutim in southern Portugal and AREAL – the Algarve Energy Agency. The main aim of this project is the demonstration of a Solar Platform which provides a set of shared infrastructures and reduces the total cost per MW as well as improves the environmental impact compared to the stand alone implementation of these projects. As main responsibilities, ENERC will be in charge of strategic technology planning and integration coordination, designing potential models for municipal energy management, as well as identifying the optimal ownership structure of the microgrid system with a focus on delivering maximum social and economic benefit to the local community.