"WE BRING ELECTRICITY TO COMMUNITIES WITHOUT ACCESS TO CONVENTIONAL ELECTRIFICATION IN CUSCO"
In 2022, we bring our 'Luz en Casa' rural electrification initiative to the Peruvian Department of Cusco. We provide access to basic electricity service, through solar home systems, to 500 households in insolated communities around the Cusco districts of Machupicchu, Vilcabamba, Santa Teresa and Huayopata.
These communities have not electricity supply due to their isolation conditions. With 'Luz en Casa Cusco' programme, te famlies will have access to electricity for the first time. We give them access to feasible, affordable and sustainable electricity with solar home systems that avoid the use of fossil fuels. We offer more than 6 hours of electric light per day, cell phone charging and radio or TV activity for a few hours. This service is in return of an affordable fee.
The management model replicates and adapts the model already implemented in Loreto (Peruvian Amazonia) to the new context. To ensure the sustainability of the project, it is essential the implication of the local people: the beneficiaries, the members of the Photovoltaic Electrification Committees and the local entrepreneurs who provide local services.
The benefits of having access to clean energy services are directly reflected in the improvement of the quality of life of the beneficiaries and their environment: improved health, economic savings and environmentally friendly.
FIRST HOUSEHOLDS ATTENDED
- The isolation conditions of households in the department of Cusco are extreme and they have not expectation of access to electricity by conventional ways.
- According to Peru's National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), 29.72% of households in Vilcabamba have not the public electricity service, as well as 16.19% of households in Santa Teresa, 15.27% in Machupicchu and 13.04% in Huayopata.
- The districts are located at altitudes from 900 to 6100 of elevation having severe weather most of the year and being a steep land.
- acciona.org and the Municipal Ecotourism Association of the Machupicchu - Choquequirao Inca Resistance, made up of municipalities of the four districts, created a Inter-Institutional Cooperation Framework Agreement to analyze the electricity problem and propose solutions.
- In 2022, acciona.org implements a pilot project of 'Luz en Casa Cusco' to provide feasible, affordable and sustainable electricity to 500 households in remote communities in the department.