Conceição de Basic School Faro in the final of the award that awards solar panels

Through the “200h of SOL” project, the Algarve school built a “Solar Village”

The Conceição Basic School, in Faro, is among the 10 finalists in the fourth edition of the Energy Up award, organized by the Galp Foundation, which awards 20 thousand euros in solar panels. 

Through the “200h of SOL” project, the Algarve school built a “Solar Village” that raised awareness among students to reduce electricity and water consumption and thus make the school more sustainable.

After analyzing the more than 80 applications selected, Galp and its Foundation will bring together the ten finalist schools on the 29th of May, at the Knowledge Pavilhão, in Lisbon, to announce the winners of the Prize.

Among the 10 selected finalists, there are schools of all education cycles from the districts of Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Faro, Leiria, Portalegre, Porto, Setúbal and Viseu.

«The effort towards sustainability and energy efficiency of the winning school will be rewarded through the award of the Energy Up Grand Prize, which provides for the installation of photovoltaic panels from Galp worth up to 20 thousand euros, with estimated savings of up to one thousand euros in monthly energy bill", says Galp.

In addition to the Grand Prize, the Energy Up Prize awards prizes for the best projects by level of education (1st CEB; 2nd/3rd CEB; Secondary/Vocational Education) worth two thousand euros for 1st place and of one thousand euros for 2nd and 3rd place.

«These awards are intended to encourage schools to extend their investment in favor of the sustainability and energy transition journey», the note also reads.

According to Galp, this fourth edition received more than 80 applications from across the country – an increase compared to the 65 in the previous edition –, which were evaluated by a panel of judges composed, among others, of representatives of the award's institutional partners. : ADENE (Energy Agency), APA (Portuguese Environment Agency), DGE (General Directorate of Education) and DGEG (General Directorate of Energy and Geology).

In 2023, the Pina Manique Education and Development Center at Casa Pia de Lisboa was the big winner with the multidisciplinary project “Pina Manique Circular”, which, through a series of initiatives, managed to reduce energy consumption by 35% in a context school.

Since 2010, Future Up has benefited 2,2 million students and teachers from the north to the south of the country, mainland and islands and more than 21 thousand schools. Over the years, more than 5 Energy Up classes have been taught, involving more than 755 Galp volunteers.

In the 2022/2024 Biennium, the Future Up educational project is co-financed within the scope of the Energy Consumption Efficiency Promotion Plan, an instrument for supporting and developing energy efficiency projects approved by ERSE.