First Photovoltaic Electrification Committees of ‘Luz en Casa Amazonia’

Cajamarca (Peru).- Residents of isolated communities in the Peruvian Amazonia participated enthusiastically and set their Photovoltaic Electrification Committees up, in the awareness meetings developed by ACCIONA Microenergia Peru in the Napo district (province of Maynas, Department of Loreto).

Awareness meetings were developed by ACCIONA Microenergia Peru in the Napo district communities of Nueva Union, Nueva Antioquia, Vencedores del Zapote and Juan Pablo II, which had been previously identified as beneficiaries of the pilot project of ‘Luz en Casa Amazonia’. In these meetings, received with great acceptation, the interest of the population was evident, as well as their need to have access to basic electricity through the installation of Third Generation Solar Home Systems in their homes.

For ACCIONA Microenergia Peru developing this type of activities with its future users, after the first visit for identification and the surveys were carried out, has a special value because, besides communicating clear and transparent information about the technological and management model, they allow developing important synergies for the sustainability of the intervention.

Two members of the staff of ACCIONA Microenergia Peru were in charge of developing four awareness meetings, in an equal number of communities of the Napo district. At the end of every meeting, a Photovoltaic Electrification Committee (so called CEF) was created in every community to be, from that moment, responsible of the communication with ACCIONA Microenergia Peru among other duties; all their compromises were recorded in the corresponding agreements signed by the two parties. It is highlighting that each CEF considers the participation of the woman, recognizing thus her important role at home and in the development of the community. The agreements for the creation of the CEFs have been presented by the respective presidents to the District Municipality of Napo, in order to obtain a Municipal Recognition Resolution and so being legitimated.

Mr Alfonso Guevara, Mayor of the Napo district, participated in the awareness meeting in the community of Nueva Union, where he has a word showing appreciation for ACCIONA Microenergia Peru’s work, and confirming his involvement to support it unconditionally for the sake of the district’s population.

This project also counts on the support of the National Fund of Scientific & Technological Development and Technological Innovation of Peru (so called FONDECYT), which co-finances it through the call IDEAS AUDACES 2015.

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 begins to be deployed in the Peruvian Amazonia, the SDG 10, Reduce inequality within and among countries, is impacted too: a basic electricity service will be offered in 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. 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.