Arturo is a 15-year-old young man from the Oaxaca locality of Pluma Hidalgo. He tells how his daily life has changed with the photovoltaic system installed in his home: “In the past, we lighted with battery lamps and oil lamps, only for a while after dark because we had to save on lighting and money… I have a mobile phone that I used to charge in a locality which is 1 hour walking and where I had to pay $15.00 pesos” “With my solar system I charge my phone at home; I am happy because my mum saves and I didn't have to go far away” Arturo says. He is aware of the benefit for his family routine due to leaving the oil lamps and the battery lamps, as well as saving money and time that can be used for other activities.
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.
In Arturo's home the SDG 10, Reduce inequality within and among countries, is impacted too: the ‘Luz en Casa Oaxaca’ programme brings a basic electricity service to isolated and dispersed rural communities as Arturo's one, where there are no plans to have basic infrastructures or services, what provokes a backwardness that is now mitigated with access to electric lighting, mobile charging and connection to small appliances.
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 Agency for International Development Cooperation.