Vicente a 60-year-old woodcutter and famer lives in the village of La Yerba Buenita, Municipality of Villa Sola de Vega "I grow alfalfa, corn and beans for my subsistence and I sell the rest in the marketplace... I use my PV system to lighting when I work and charging my radio and my neighbours' ones... I work longer, and those who do not have a solar panel, in order to avoid going down to the municipality, they come here and charge their radios" Vicente tells.
The radio is the only means of communication between homes and with the municipality, so Vicente's Third Generation Solar Home System (3GSHS) has been very useful to him; besides lighting better than when he used ocote (wood), he develops better his secondary activities, rents his 3GSHS to charge radios and, little by little, notices an economic growth.
ACCIONA Microenergia and the Sustainable Development Goals
For Vicente's activities, in addition the SDG 8, Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, is impacted too: the additional lighting hours provided by the 3GSHS give more hours to farming, i.e. he increases his productivity, as well as he has a new activity renting the 3GSHS, and increases his income thus.
It is a non-profit association that was created by the ACCIONA Microenergia foundation to facilitate access to electricity to isolated rural communities, which are not included in the national grid extension of Mexico. ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico deploys the 'Luz en Casa Oaxaca' programme under a public-private partnership with the Government of the State of Oaxaca and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.