21 Oct 2019

Onuva, a solidarity focused foster home that relies on TSO for its energy transition and sustainability

  • Onuva is one of the first foster homes in Spain to opt for renewables. 
  •  The self-consumption photovoltaic plant has a power of 22 kW and will cover 70% of its daytime electricity demand.


TSO (The South Oracle) has begun the installation of the solar photovoltaic plant for daytime self-consumption in the Onuva Community: a non-profit foster home for people in a situation of social exclusion, sick people without family or people in a situation of abandonment, located in the proximities of the Sevillian town of Puebla del Río. Belonging to the Archdiocese of Seville, this Community is positioned with this project as one of the first foster homes in Spain to bet on renewables. 


In this sense, the Onuva Community, also known as Fraternidad de la Madre de Dios (Fraternity of the Mother of God), trusts in TSO’s expertise and begins its energy transition by betting on the consumption of solar energy. To this end, TSO is installing a photovoltaic plant for self-consumption on one of its roofs, which its 22kW power will cover 70% of the Onuva community’s demand of daytime electricity. Respect for the environment and solidarity go hand in hand in this place, forming part of the day-to-day life of its carers, a group of people devoted in body and soul to the neediest and to their well-being on a totally voluntary basis.


TSO has designed a solar plant which, by producing 34,000 kWh per year, will enable the centre to reduce its CO2 emissions by 13,500 kg per year (equivalent to 900 trees). In addition to making Onuva a more sustainable foster home, this TSO project helps them in their energy efficiency, estimating an annual saving of around €5,000 on their electricity bill. The solar plant also includes the maintenance guarantee and the incident or theft insurance offered by TSO to all its customers through the GRAE, the TSO’s remote energy assistance management. The personalised energy coach who, in real time, covers the client’s needs and advises them on everything they may request.


As a TSO customer, Onuva is also benefited by the certification of the photovoltaic plant with the ECO20 seal by ECA Bureau Veritas, the only official certification for self-consumption of electricity from solar energy. These TSO guaranteed services fulfil their mission to socialize solar energy, by making the Onuva Community acquire not only environmental, but also humanitarian and social commitment.