Luz en Casa Oaxaca, rural development and resilience of Mexican communities

Oaxaca (Mexico).- ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico went to Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) to participate in the Workshop “Sustainable energy sources for rural development and climatic resilience of off-grid communities in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico”.

ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico went to Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), together with experts from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Haiti, Guyana, Barbados, San Vicente, Bolivia, Jamaica and Mexico, to share the successful case of ‘Luz en Casa Oaxaca’ Programme, in a workshop held by the Smart Villages initiative with the collaboration of the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic.

Professionals, working with sustainable energy sources for the rural development and resilience of Central American, Caribbean and Mexican communities, gathered in this Regional Workshop during three days. The different working sessions showed the existing barriers, last innovations, ground experiences, technology incorporation and how the concept of smart villages can contribute to the rural development in the region, as well as the regulatory and policy changes that are necessary for the off-grid sustainable energy to contribute to its creation.

The participation of ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico was in charge of its manager, Enrique Toledo, who presented Luz en Casa Oaxaca’ Programme, an innovative collaboration that brigs electricity to Mexican underserved communities, explaining the management model with a Public-Private Partnership for Development that gives an efficient solution to provide basic access to electricity for isolated rural communities with remote and scattered households, where the majority of the 30 million of Latin American people without access to energy lives.

The Luz en Casa programme implemented in Oaxaca is possible because it shows its feasibility, affordability and sustainability, with a model led by a partnership that is an example of successful interinstitutional cooperation. This allows getting a higher positive impact on user living conditions and incorporating Third Generation Solar Home Systems (3GSHS), which have significant advantages in use, lifetime and environmental issues.

In addition, by comparison with conventional electrification, 3GSHS reduce the implementation’s cost per home and time, and offer a satisfactory service for the users. Thus they look the most adequate option for low-income homes in isolated and scattered rural communities, where its SUSTAINABILITY is guaranteed with the Customer Service Centres, located strategically to give them advice and repair services as well as sell compatible devices.

Enrique Toledo pointed out that, to achieve the access to sustainable energy sources in the rural development of Latin America, it is necessary to count on a model that considers local government’s global targets, institutional models and roles of every public and private stakeholder that can contribute.

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 workshop the SDG17, Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, is impacted too: organizations from different sectors and countries have shared point of views and experiences, about technologies that can contribute significantly to the universal access to energy in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, and so they favour the development of the region.

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 and Mexican Agencies for International Development Cooperation.