ACCIONA Microenergia in the Alliance for Rural Electrification’s Forum 2018

Madrid (Spain).- The ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation went to the 4th Alliance for Rural Electrification’s Energy Access Investment Forum, where it participated in the event “Talking Business & Investment in Latin America: Rural Electrification beyond Basic Need Supply”.

The 4th Alliance for Rural Electrification’s Energy Access Investment Forum was held in Catania (Italy) with the claim “Integrating Remote Communities into Economies”. For two days, about 15 events of different type were developed to share and discuss public sector support programmes, private sector initiatives, latest industry trends, and product and service innovations, all of them related to off-grid electrification with clean energy around the world.

The ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation’s director, Jose Gabriel Martín, participated in “Talking Business & Investment in Latin America: Rural Electrification beyond Basic Need Supply”, together with representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank and other companies working in the sector. The discussion focused on how to bring the electricity service to that percentage of Latin-American people that, despite being limited (5%), has no access yet due to the great technical and economic difficulties of offering them conventional solutions by means of grid-connections: the majority of them live in isolated rural communities.

In regard to this, Jose Gabriel Martin shared the experience of the ACCIONA Microenergia’s initiatives of off-grid rural electrification. They offer electricity, with solar home systems, to about 11,400 remote homes in Peru and Mexico. The users of those systems have available daily an average of 6 hours of electric lighting, as well as mobile charging and about 2 hours of connection of very-efficient devices such as TV or Tablet, applications that imply having electricity beyond basic access.

The talk also addressed the essential role that women must play in rural electrification, since they spend at home more time than any member of the family suffering the lack of electricity, they have to spend their time in going to buy alternative energy elements (batteries, candles and oil for lamps), and therefore they profit better from having the electricity given in their homes and from the associated benefits.

At that point, the Foundation highlighted how the management models implemented with its projects favour the presence of women, by recognizing and making easier their work at home –with the electricity given–, promoting their participation in the community –with the Photovoltaic Electrification Committees created to represent the users of every communities that have at least one woman between their members–, and fostering their education and access to technical jobs –with the Centros Luz en Casa what count on several women specifically trained to be in charge of them or collaborating in these small business for giving technical services and sale of electric devices–.

In summary, the 4th Energy Access Investment Forum gives the ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation the opportunity of presenting its action proposals, before professionals and representatives from different organizations working in promoting, commercializing and deploying activities and products for isolated electrification with clean and reliable energy. About 200 specialists went to this Forum held by the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in collaboration with the association Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa (RES4Africa) and the EU-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP).

It is the ACCIONA’s corporate foundation. Its aim is the development cooperation by promoting the access to basic services and infrastructures of people and communities without expectations of covering those needs. 

Its activity is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030, especially to the SDG6 for access to water and sanitation and SDG7 for access to energy, and also impacts on those SDG’s related to alleviation of poverty, improvement of health, work, gender equality, etc., building partnerships and sharing experiences with other stakeholders to favour the achievement of those goals (SDG17).