“A per­son in con­trol of their energy pro­duc­tion can de­ci­de how to use it”

POWEN is one of the new pla­yers in the energy mar­ket, spe­cia­li­zing in so­lar pho­to­vol­taic for cus­to­mers that want an al­ter­na­ti­ve ba­sed on energy sa­vings, sus­tai­na­bi­lity and in­te­lli­gent energy use.

Energia16 - - INTERVIEW -

WHO IS HE?

He has a Ba­che­lor’s de­gree in Law and Eco­no­mic & Bu­si­ness Ad­mi­nis­tra­tion from ICA­DE, works as a lec­tu­rer at Uni­ver­si­dad Pon­ti­fi­cia de Co­mi­llas and ESIC Bu­si­ness and Mar­ke­ting School, and has held ma­na­ge­rial po­si­tions in Te­le­fo­ni­ca, Si­tel, ba­quia.com, and En­de­sa. The most in­no­va­ti­ve mo­ve he ma­de in re­cent years was ta­king over as ge­ne­ral di­rec­tor of POWEN, whe­re his prio­rity is to grow this com­pany in­to a bench­mark in the sec­tor, diversifyi­ng its bu­si­ness areas and its client ba­se.

When it burst on­to the re­ne­wa­ble mar­ket, Powen was awa­re that the energy tran­si­tion be­gins with the sun. One day of sun­light pro­vi­des an amount of energy equal to the po­wer con­su­med across the pla­net in a year. Mo­reo­ver, it is cheap energy avai­la­ble to all. Energy self­con­sum­ption en­tails a true re­vo­lu­tion, thanks to the po­wer and eco­no­mic sa­vings brought by so­lar. POWEN is not an energy ser­vi­ce com­pany. The dif­fe­ren­ce is that it helps con­su­mers pro­du­ce their own energy, so that they can be in­de­pen­dent from energy sup­pliers, on dif­fe­rent le­vels, de­pen­ding on whet­her the client choo­ses off-grid self-con­sum­ption or grid con­nec­ted sys­tems, in ca­ses in which the self-ge­ne­ra­ted po­wer does not suf­fi­ce to co­ver all their needs.

No­wa­days, it is pos­si­ble to in­de­pen­dently ge­ne­ra­te energy with roof­top so­lar panels ins­ta­lled in cor­po­ra­tions, irri­ga­te crops wit­hout da­ma­ges to the ecosys­tem, and dri­ve vehi­cles that do not rely on cru­de oil; this is not the energy mo­del of the fu­tu­re, it is a re­vo­lu­tion that al­ready be­gun and POWEN stands as its firm de­fen­der. Pho­to­vol­taic tech­no­logy has be­co­me highly com­pe­ti­ti­ve: it is the chea­pest and clea­nest way to pro­du­ce elec­tri­city. Should it lead the energy tran­si­tion in a country with high amounts of suns­hi­ne?

Spain was un­doub­tedly the dri­ving for­ce behind so­lar PV ins­ta­lla­tions in Eu­ro­pe in 2019. Ac­cor­ding to Red Eléc­tri­ca, 3.3 GW we­re ins­ta­lled th­roug­hout the past year, for a to­tal of 7.8 GW cu­rrently in ope­ra­tion, po­si­tio­ning pho­to­vol­taic as the tech­no­logy that most in­crea­sed its pre­sen­ce in Spain’s energy mix. Would you say that pho­to­vol­taic self-con­sum­ption has de­mo­cra­ti­zed energy?

Of cour­se. The yearly increase in the elec­tri­city bill en­tails a sig­ni­fi­cant burden for many fa­mi­lies that can lead to energy po­verty. PV self-con­sum­ption enables to ge­ne­ra­te our own energy, which trans­la­tes in­to eco­no­mic sa­vings and sus­tai­na­bi­lity. In so­me ca­ses, the elec­tri­city bill has de­crea­sed by up to 70%. How to tran­si­tion to a distribute­d energy mo­del in a cen­tra­li­zed sys­tem?

By allo­wing po­wer ge­ne­ra­tion tech­no­lo­gies to com­pe­te. So­lar pho­to­vol­taic energy stands as the chea­pest elec­tri­city

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