Cajamarca (Peru).- On 30th September, ACCIONA Microenergia Peru signed the franchise contracts with the entrepreneurs chosen to own the Centros Luz en Casa, small businesses of sale and maintenance of electric devices in rural areas of Cajamarca.
This signing is an important milestone within the "Rural Electrification with Supply and Service Centres" project. And, once these contracts have been signed, the final phase of the project has been started in order to implement the first 10 “Centros Luz en Casa”, owned by users of ACCIONA Microenergia Peru that has previously trained them technically, entrepreneurially and managerially.
Besides strengthening their capacities and giving them economic development opportunities, the micro franchisees will give access the users of the ACCIONA Microenergia Peru’s electricity service to modern, efficient and affordable electric devices.
In addition, they will attend technical services ordered by ACCIONA Microenergia Peru, as well as services demanded by their neighbours and for which they are authorized.
“It is time; I cannot believe that it comes true. My neighbours do not stop asking when my Centro Luz en Casa will be opened, and I answer that soon” says Fidel, who is one of the entrepreneurs that has signed a franchisee contract. “We all are very happy, and my wife is the happiest one. She has been trained as entrepreneur too so she will be my partner in this business” Fidel continues.
This initiative that ACCIONA Microenergia Peru deploys has been formulated by the ACCIONA Microenergia foundation, the ICAI Engineers for Development foundation and the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre of the Technical University of Madrid, with co-funding from the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development, through the first Call for Subsidies to perform Innovation Projects for Development. The project executed strengthens the rural electrification programme “Luz en Casa”, which up today has almost 4,000 users in the Department of Cajamarca (Peru).
The "Luz en Casa" Programme
The “Luz en Casa” programme brings sustainable electricity through clean energy to isolated rural households where there are no power lines. It gives a basic electricity service by means of solar home systems, within the Peruvian electricity regulatory framework and with a fee-for-service model that applies the official photovoltaic tariff.
A basic access to electricity improves the quality of life of those people, with an important impact on their health, education, environment and incomes.
ACCIONA Microenergía Peru
ACCIONA Microenergia Peru 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. ACCIONA Microenergia Peru is an electricity public utility within the Peruvian regulation.