The EncASa Oaxaca 2018 project started with the aim of bringing access to the electricity basic service to 1,000 rural Oaxaca households –in addition to the 7,500 benefited with Luz en Casa Oaxaca programme– and access to drinking water, appropriate sanitation and improved cook stoves to more than 50 households. Today, the supply of third generation solar home systems (3GSHS) giving access to electricity has ended and the mentioned pilot is on its final stage having about 140 families participating in it.
The electricity basic service provided with those 3GSHS offers, daily, more than 6 hours of electric lighting, mobile charging and about two hours of operation of compatible high-efficient devices. These apparatuses are on sale in the 7 Centros Luz en Casa owned by local entrepreneurs who, in addition, give repair and advice services in their shops located in strategic localities of the state. In this way, besides the 31,000 users of Luz en Casa Oaxaca, 3,800 people from 62 districts benefited with EncASa Oaxaca 2018 can be serviced around the 8 Oaxaca regions, in isolated rural areas with a socio-economic level of extreme poverty and without any expectation of having the conventional electricity service.
Every family with the EncASa Oaxaca service has available 2,200 h per year of electric lighting that provides more time to working, studying, family meeting…, which is also favoured with avoiding going to buy alternative energy products, such as candles or batteries that are also avoided to be thrown away in the environment. In addition, the clean & efficient lighting minimizes risks of lung and eye diseases due to not enough lighting and smokes generated by kerosene lamps or firewood. That is, the electricity offered by EncASa Oaxaca impacts positively on the three dimensions of the development: economic, social and environmental.
The EncASa Oaxaca 2018 project is carried out through a public-private partnership for development formed by acciona.org, the Government of the State of Oaxaca, AECID –the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation– and its Mexican counterpart AMEXCID. This initiative expand the rural electrification action of the Luz en Casa Oaxaca programme that, between 2013 and 2016, provided 30,000 people with access to the electricity basic service they have today. It also brings access to reliable and affordable water, sanitation and cooking systems to remote communities.
The access to basic services provided by EncASa Oaxaca impacts positively on the economy, society and environment of the beneficiaries of this action, which is aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) included in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda.
At acciona.org we work to bring access to energy, water and sanitation to very low-income people who live not being included in any plan of extension of those service, for which we apply technological and managerial innovation criteria. Thus, we contribute to achieve the SDG directly related SDG6 on water & sanitation, SDG7 on sustainable & affordable energy, and SDG9 on resilient infrastructures and promotion of innovation. That contribution is part of the ACCIONA commitment to the SDG’s.
We also favour the achievement of other SDG’s through the positive impacts of our activity resulting in reduction of poverty, improvement of health, education, equality, work, etc., as well as through the collaborative view with which we execute our actions, such as the public-private partnership for development that carries out EncASa Oaxaca.