The Forum “Technological Initiatives on Housing, Construction and Sanitation”, developed in Lima on December 14th, was held by the Directorate of Accessibility and Technological Development of the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation of Peru, with the aim of showing different initiatives comprising the design and implementation, by small entities, of the most advanced solutions that allow improving the living conditions of thousands of Peruvian families.
New construction materials, as well as cooking, sanitation, electrification, water saving and block-of-flats service integrated management systems, besides awareness campaigns on good habits at home, were the innovations showed in this event.
The representative practice on electrification was presented by ACCIONA Microenergia Peru. Jose Gabriel Martin, Project Manager at the ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation and Director of ACCIONA Microenergia Peru, explained the experience and impacts of the Cajamarca’s Luz en Casa Programme, an initiative that gives, with solar home systems, a basic electricity service which is affordable to the low-income communities of the rural areas of the Northern Mountains of Peru, since eight years ago. Nowadays, the electricity provided to the 3,900 homes users of the service offered by ACCIONA Microenergia Peru in Cajamarca, impacts significantly on the health, education and economy of 16,000 people, who reduce the use of energy elements that generate damaging fumes, and increase the time for activities at home, such as children to study or adults to productive tasks.
In addition, he presented the pilot project that ACCIONA Microenergia Peru is deploying now in the Peruvian Department of Loreto, with the aim of proving the feasibility of a new electricity delivery model adapted to the Amazonian communities, that comprises the last technologies on energy storage, efficient lighting and remote payment.
The event had the presence of the Vice Minister of Housing and Urbanism, Mrs Cecilia Lecaros, who opened the forum and the Director General of Accessibility and Technological Development, Mr Luis Aranibar, who closed it.
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.
By participating in this forum the SDG17, Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, is impacted too: organizations that work with different approaches to improve the living conditions of the Peruvian homes, shared experiences in the implementation of new solutions that contribute to a common goal, favouring the Human Development.
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. Now it deploys the pilot project of ‘Luz en Casa Amazonia’ in the river Napo basin (Napo district, province of Maynas, department of Loreto) with the aim of validating a sustainable and scalable technological and management delivery model in the Peruvian Amazonia.