‘Luz en Casa’, an example of Sustainable Development in Peru

Cajamarca (Peru).- The Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation (so called APCI) has published recently its Catalogue of Successful Experiences 2015, where ‘Luz en Casa’ is included as a representative project of Human Development.

Last March, APCI shared the results of the contest "Successful Experiences of the NGOs 2015", where the proposal of ACCIONA Microenergia Peru was one of the selected experiences.

The project presented was specifically ‘Luz en Casa 550-LC550’, which was implemented in 2012 with a result of 700 families having access to electricity, for the first time, with solar home systems (SHS) in Cajamarca rural communities. The proposal included a general overview of the context and the target population, and it explained the implementation methodology (that is equal for every project developed by ACCIONA Microenergia Peru within the ‘Luz en Casa’ programme in Cajamarca) and the obtained results according to the formulation indicators.

The impact achieved is reflected, for the around 3,000 people who are directly benefited from the results of this action, in the improvement of their quality of life, the strengthening of their individual and community capacities, and the improvement and galvanizing of their interaction capacity with local and regional authorities: 700 families have an electricity basic service in their homes and were trained to use the SHS, they created 24 Photovoltaic Electrification Committees (one per locality) –whose members were trained to develop the preventive maintenance, the fee collection and the interlocution with ACCIONA Microenergia Peru- and, yearly, they save S/.146,700, increase 453,938 hours for productive tasks (40,132 for homework) and avoid the disposal of 252 kg of batteries and the emission of 278 t of CO2.

The project LC550 was an important step to prove that the ACCIONA Microenergia Peru’s rural electrification model, with solar home systems in return of a fee for service, could be sustainable: the economic self-sufficiency was estimated with 3,000 clients, so adding 700 to get 1,300 at the end of the project contributed significantly. Besides, the project LC550 was a landmark in the ACCIONA Microenergia Peru’s operation because, for the first time, the installation of the solar home systems was in charge of local technicians who had been trained specifically for this task.

In summary, the ‘Luz en Casa’ programme, and every project included in it, is a successful, pertinent and relevant experience in the context of its development; by performing two projects after LC550, the programme gives now basic electricity to almost 4,000 households (around 16,000 users) in the rural communities of Cajamarca (Peru).

A summary of this experience is available in the catalogue published (in Spanish) by APCI https://issuu.com/apci_peru/docs/cat__logo_de_experiencias_exitosas_/23.

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.

‘Luz en Casa’ also impacts on, among others, the SDG10, Reduce inequality within and among the countries: the provision of basic electricity for isolated rural communities of Cajamarca favours their Development, and reduces the gap between rural and urban areas, as well as between Cajamarca and other Peruvian regions.

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. 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.