Enel North America, which operates through renewable energy companies Enel Green Power North America and Enel X North America, announced a commitment to provide $1.3 million (€1.2 million) to support 75 local organisations across the US and Canada in response to COVID-19.
The company will focus on needs of the local and rural communities in which its businesses operate. The company aims to help organisations and frontline workers who are experiencing a critical shortage of essential resources.
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The response will address immediate health and social services needs and long-term socioeconomic impacts on organisations, including:
- Community, rural and not-for-profit hospitals to help fund necessary equipment and supplies, including PPE;
- First responders, including rural, volunteer fire districts and EMTs, to supplement funding shortages and improve capacity to respond to health and other emergency situations;
- Regional and local food banks and food pantries to address food insecurity for the most vulnerable populations;
- Social services to provide aid and critical support for senior citizens; and
- Local schools to support free meals to children and technology upgrades for remote learning.
In addition, Enel North America has enhanced its safety measures and implemented social distancing across its 80+ renewable energy power plants. This restructuring will help ensure continued electricity to areas of operation.
Enrico Viale, Head of Enel North America stated, “COVID-19 has caused unprecedented economic challenges for critical service organisations in many communities and we hope our support can provide some sense of relief.From rural hospitals to first responders, local schools and foodbanks, these organisations and their workers are on the frontlines and we thank essential workers everywhere for their extraordinary and unwavering response to this crisis.”
This story first appeared on our sister site, POWERGRID International.
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