Fosera in Mexico

In 2012, the Mexican State of Oaxaca had 808 localities, with population less than 100 and houses scattered around the landscape. They were not included in the national grid extension plans. People living without electricity service, and with low incomes, used alternative lighting such as candles, oil lamps, lanterns with disposable batteries, and so on, which are harmful and hinder the daily activities at home.

Then, the “Luz en Casa Oaxaca” programme was started to improve the living conditions of those low-income people living in isolated locations, by means of giving them access to third generation solar home systems (3GSHS) that provide at least 4 hours of efficient lighting daily, mobile charging and connection to some devices (such as radio).

It is a Private and Public Partnership for Development (PPPD) programme involving ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico, the Government of the State of Oaxaca and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

Today, 3,602 low-incomes families from about 250 localities have basic electricity and have been trained to install, use and maintain the 3GSHS.

As a result, daily economic activities are extended, health risks from smoke and fires are reduced, access to education is improved and the environment is protected.

Ramiro: “This solar system is noiseless as opposed to my previous electric station” Sofia: “I like my lantern because it lights well, and I do not have to use batteries because it is solar”

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