Spain’s Ambassador in Peru visited the ACCIONA Microenergia’s offices in Cajamarca

Cajamarca (Peru).- The Ambassador, together with the General Coordinator of the Spanish Cooperation in Peru, demonstrated interest in the interventions of ACCIONA Microenergia Peru in Cajamarca, as well as in the Napo basin.

Recently, Mr Ernesto de Zulueta, Spain’s Ambassador in Peru, and Jose Luis Pimentel, General Coordinator of the Spanish Cooperation in that country, took a break from their activities to visit the ACCIONA Microenergia’s offices in Cajamarca.

They paid attention to the ACCIONA Microenergia Peru staff’s explanations of the experiences and results obtained from the projects executed in the Peruvian Mountains and Rainforest. In addition, they talked to users and local entrepreneurs, and so knew the benefits from both having “Luz en Casa” (light at home) and being owners of a Centro Luz en Casa first-hand. Besides they saw the different technologies of solar home systems (SHS) used in the two regions of implementation, with the samples installed in the offices, as well as the Demonstrative Centro Luz en Casa where they could test the performance of the SHS-compatible electric devices that are sold in those centres.

The visitors showed a special interest in the project currently executed in the Amazonia, which is co-funded by the Spanish Agency for Cooperation through the Call for Innovation Actions for Development; this financing instrument also funded the development and starting of the Centros Luz en Casa some years ago in Cajamarca. With the current project, at least 350 families in 17 communities in the Loreto districts of Napo and Mazan will be attended with electricity; they have no possibility of being electrified through traditional means.

ACCIONA Microenergia and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are included in the 2030 Agenda, a 15-year plan of action that favours the people, the planet and the prosperity. There are 17 SDG which are integrated and indivisible and that comprise the three dimensions of the Development: economic, social and environmental.

The rural electrification programmes of the ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation impact on those three dimensions, and directly on the SDG 7, Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

With the interest and involvement of institutions such as those belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, the SDG17, Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development is also impacted: the union of compromises coming from private and international public initiatives adds the technical, managerial and economic resources which are necessary to increase the impact of programmes that have the aim of favouring the development of very backward communities, such as those in the Peruvian Amazonia, through their access to basic services.

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 Peru. It develops the ‘Luz en Casa’ programme in the Northern Mountains of Peru, in the department of Cajamarca, where it is an electricity public utility within the Peruvian regulation, and with a fee-for-service model that applies the official photovoltaic tariff. It is currently executing the Luz en Casa Napo 2017 project, in the Napo basin (Loreto districts of Napo and Mazan) with the aim of scaling up the sustainable technological and managerial model that is already validated in the Peruvian Amazonia.