Extension of Luz en Casa in the Napo

Madrid (Spain).- A new project is being developed to add 350 new households to the 61 ones having access to safe and clean electricity, with the Pilot Project implemented by ACCIONA Microenergia in the heart of the Peruvian Amazonia, in the Napo basin.

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In 2015, ACCIONA Microenergia started a new electricity delivery model adapted to the Peruvian Amazonian communities, which was implemented through a Pilot Project, supported by the National Council on Science, Technology and Technological Innovation of Peru. Once the users accepted the technology and the delivery model proposed with that pilot project, the extension to the rest of the Peruvian Napo basin was decided. More than 900 households (about 4,500 people) have been pre-identified in 35 isolated communities of the Napo and Mazan districts, where there are no plans of electrification in the short/medium term.

The first step is a project, in execution to bring service to 350 of those households. It includes, besides the individual solutions with third generation solar home systems with prepayment of the pilot project, the hybridization of any existing mini-network with photovoltaics. Several Amazonian communities have access to electricity, through generators with subsidised fossil fuels. This service does not get every house in the community, is available for no more than 2-3 hours daily and only whether the economy allows buying diesel. The hybridization will make possible the access for every people in the community, and will also  reduce and oust the consumption of fossil fuels by using photovoltaic energy, as well as, increasing the number of hours of available electricity service. That is, the positive impacts of the electricity service in the life of the communities and their environment will be raised.

The ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation is leading this project, coordinating the activities in Spain, as well as in Peru through ACCIONA Microenergia Peru that is supervised in this task and supported technically in the rest of activities on site. That project is executed in collaboration with some of the Foundation’s partners in the Table on Universal Access to Energy: the Technical University of Madrid’s Innovation and Technology for Development Centre adapts the ACCIONA Microenergia Peru’s exploitation management system to the inclusion of new users; the ICAI Engineers for Development Foundation carries out market and energy demand characterization assessments, and; the Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid’s Institute for Research in Technology performs the planning assessment of the Napo basin electrification. The project is co-funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, through its 3rd Call for Innovation Actions for Development.

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.

The execution of this new project in the Napo basin also impacts on the SDG17, Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development: networking with other organizations with the same objectives of the Foundation makes possible to have the technical, managerial, institutional and economic resources which are necessary to develop actions that favour the development of very backward communities, through their access to basic services.

It is the ACCIONA’s corporate foundation and has as objective the development cooperation, through the promotion of the access to basic services and infrastructures of people and communities that have no expectations of covering those needs.