First visits of 'Luz en Casa' to the Amazonia

Cajamarca (Peru).- Advances of the project that develops, with the support of the National Fund of Scientific & Technological Development and Technological Innovation of Peru (so-called FONDECYT), a new electricity delivery model for Amazonian communities.

Model of electricity service with renewables for isolated communities in the Peruvian Amazonia is the title of the proposal that was presented to the FONDECYT’s call ‘IDEAS AUDACES 2015’ and that was awarded the largest possible subsidy to implement it.

This project develops an innovative electricity delivery model which is based in the user’s participation, the shared responsibility and the multi-stakeholder partnerships, and which is adapted to hard environments and applies the most advanced technologies. The expected result is to obtain an assessment of both the acceptance of the proposed model and the viability of the equipment, as well as deploy it in at least 50 homes in different Amazonian communities.

In this context, recently the team of the ‘Luz en Casa’ programme visited different localities sited in the Peruvian departments of Loreto and San Martin to present the project to the municipal authorities and the communities, and to evaluate different locations where the designed model would be implemented.

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.

With the new electricity delivery model that is been designed for the Amazonia, the SDG 10, Reduce inequality within and among countries, is impacted too: a basic electricity service is searched for the Amazonian communities that, due to the special environment, are very inaccessible and neither infrastructures nor basic services are planned for them; this provokes a large backwardness that will be mitigated.

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.