Female user of Luz en Casa (Light at Home) in Cajamarca

LUZ EN CASA

PROGRAMME FOR HOUSEHOLDS ELECTRIFICATION IN RURAL COMMUNITIES OF CAJAMARCA (PERU)

"WITH LIGHT AT HOME, WE PROVED THE FEASIBILITY, SUSTAINABILITY AND AFFORDABILITY OF BRINGING ELECTRICITY TO RURAL HOMES"

Cajamarca, the location to start the Luz en Casa programme in 2009, is the department with the highest rates of poverty and lack of electrification in Peru, which is the country with the highest number of population without access to the electricity service after Haiti.

Within this setting, we started Luz en Casa with the aim of showing that is was feasible, sustainable and affordable -with the appropriate technology and management- to bring a quality basic electricity service to low-income households in dispersed, isolated rural communities.  With this purpose, we implemented an innovative electricity service delivery model, in rural communities around the town of Cajamarca, that was based on the provision of electricity with solar home systems in return of an affordable monthly fee.

We achieve the Luz en Casa objective when exceeding 3,000 systems in operation. We also have introduced some improvements in the model proposed in the beginning, such as the creation of the "Centro Luz en Casa" microfranchises. They are owned by users, specifically trained to be in charge of installing and repairing the systems, as well as selling and repairing compatible electric devices. All this results in significant impacts on the programme beneficiaries' quality of life.

  • 2,535,500 h/year
    For additional activities at home
  • 656,900 soles/year
    Savings in energy expenditure (177,315€/year)
  • 215,400 h/year
    For doing additional homework
  • 0.4 years
    Extension of schooling in primary education
  • 11%
    Increase of students in secondary education
  • 1.65 t/year battery
    non-controlled disposal avoided
  • 1,554 t/year CO2
    emissions avoided
3,910

HOUSEHOLDS WITH ELECTRICITY SERVICE

16,000

TOTAL USERS

8,190,600

H/YEAR AVAILABLE LIGHTING

MILESTONES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LUZ EN CASA

  • Initial investment from ACCIONA to start up the initiative.
  • Participation in the conversations for a favourable electricity regulatory framework: official tariff for rural electrification with solar home systems, which was included in the cross subsidy systems.
  • Obtaining of the first rural electrical concessions, and the condition of provider of electricity service, first in Peru with solar home systems exclusively.
  • Loan from the Interamerican Development Bank that allows a large escalation of the programme. Achievement of the break-even point.
  • External studies (case studies and impact measurement) confirm the positive impact of Luz en Casa on the population.
  • Development of the micro franchises "Centro Luz en Casa" to offer supplies and services in the communities.

    • Héctor Micro franchisee Centro Luz en Casa

    • Gian Marco User of Luz en Casa

    • Clementina User of Luz en Casa

LUZ EN CASA PROJECTS

Installation

The solar home systems that provide the electricity service of the Luz en Casa programme, has been installed by executing several yearly projects.

Exploitation

The exploitation phase of Luz en Casa starts just after the installation of the solar home systems, and it consists of operating and maintaining them.

CENTROS LUZ EN CASA

Luz en Casa have small franchisees offering services of installation and repair of solar home systems, as well as sale and repair of compatible electric devices.
158 PHOTOVOLTAIC ELECTRIFICATION COMMITTEES CREATED
3.910 RURAL ELECTRICAL CONCESSIONS PROCESSED
13 CENTROS LUZ EN CASA STARTED UP

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