Amazonian community benefited with Luz en Casa in the Napo river basin (Peru)

LORETO, PERU

LUZ EN CASA AMAZONIA

PROGRAMME FOR PROVISION OF ELECTRICITY SERVICE TO HOUSEHOLDS IN AMAZONIAN COMMUNITIES

“WE OFFER A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION TO BRING ELECTRICITY TO COMMUNITIES IN THE LARGEST RAINFOREST IN THE PLANET”

Since 2017 we bring Luz en Casa to the Peruvian Amazonia, for which we developed a new electricity delivery model to implement with an ambitious programme to deploy progressively. We started in the Napo river basin, by executing a pilot project to validate the technology and management model proposed, which gave results of high satisfaction of the users with the offered service and verifying, thus, the validity of the proposal. 

Then, we began the escalation of the programme along the Napo and, once it ends, we will have a basin model to replicate in other Peruvian rivers, counting on the collaboration of other organizations working in the Amazonia.

By this way, we will extend a clean solution of electrification for rural, indigenous remote communities, as well as we have made possible minimizing the use of fossil fuels, candles, oil lamps or batteries for torches, radios, etc., which is impacting positively in their health, economy, education...

Impact summary (2021E)

  • 3,324,420 h/year
    available lighting
  • 1,164,470 h/year
    for additional activities at home
  • 142,692 h/year
    for doing additional homework
  • 216,133 soles/year
    savings in energy expenditure (53,365€/year)
  • 8.13 t/year battery
    non-controlled disposal avoided
  • 158 t/year CO2
    emissions avoided
1,518

HOUSEHOLDS PROVIDED WITH ELECTRICITY

7,365

BENEFICIARIES

51

COMMUNITIES SERVICED

CONTEXT AND BEGINNINGS OF LUZ EN CASA AMAZONIA

  • The access to electricity for all in the Amazonian communities is not feasible by conventional means.
  • These communities are settled in remote locations with exclusively fluvial access, extreme weather & rain conditions, and several social conflicts.
  • The grid extension to those settlements implies high investment, operation & maintenance costs. In addition, it impacts negatively in the environment.
  • Within this setting, we proposed an innovative electricity delivery model with renewable energy and technical-economic sustainability and affordability criteria.
  • We conceived a pilot project to validate the technology -third generation solar home systems- and the management model -electricity service in return of an affordable fee to pay through an integrated Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) system-.
  • This service is given supported on Centros Luz en Casa located strategically in the operation area.
  • The place selected to start this project was Peru, where we execute Luz en Casa since 2009, and specifically the Napo river basin, where we can develop synergies with other entities working in that area.

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