- Five episodes: Movistar Plus+ will release an episode per week on its TV channels, starting on Tuesday, October 24th, and will feature the docuseries on its on-demand streaming platform
- More content: Five podcasts available on Spotify, iVoox, You Tube and Soundcloud as well as the website lettherebelight.acciona.org will delve further into the foundation’s work
acciona.org, ACCIONA's foundation for water and energy supply in remote places, will premiere on Tuesday, October 24th, the first episode of Let There Be Light, a five-episode docuseries about the experience of one of its volunteers, Ibra Youssef, on his travels to different areas of the Amazon jungle and the Andes in Peru.
Let There Be Light reflects the difficulties of bringing renewable electricity supply (using residential photovoltaic systems) to isolated communities. The docuseries shows the improvements that electricity provides to the quality of life in these remote communities. Universal access to energy is included in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 7.
Through the eyes of a volunteer, the viewer will learn first-hand about the endangered environment of the Amazon, the heart of the Inca Empire near Machu Pichu, the work in the communities to launch the cooperatives that manage the renewable electricity service and the impact that a long-term and reliable quality supply has on the day-to-day lives of its residents.
The acciona.org user service centers that create small businesses around them, the encouragement of improvements to agricultural and artisanal production, the boost to the visibility and participation of women, and the facilities for training and children’s education are some of the immediate effects of the arrival of electricity, which light up local progress sustained over time.
The first episode of Let There Be Light will premiere tomorrow, Tuesday, October 24th, on the Movistar Plus+ platform (on the Documentales por M+ and Originales por M+ channels). The remaining four episodes will be broadcast weekly. Each episode is approximately ten minutes long. The complete series will also be available on the Movistar Plus+ on-demand streaming platform and on the website lettherebelight.acciona.org.
Five half-hour podcasts will be available on the website and on the Spotify, iVoox, You Tube and Soundcloud platforms, with additional information, stories and interviews about the challenge of bringing electricity to isolated areas with no expectations of connection to the conventional grid. The acciona.org foundation has already succeeded in bringing electricity to more than 100,000 people in Peru, Mexico, Panama, Chile, the Philippines and Ethiopia.
The Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report 2023 published in June 2023 warns that 675 million people currently lack access to electricity and 660 million people will still be left without access to electricity in 2030 if no further action is taken.
Dada Films is the producer of the docuseries and podcasts. It has been nominated to the Goya awards for the Anatomy of a Dandy documentary about Francisco Umbral and has produced documentaries such as Supergarcía, Raphaelismo and Bisbal for the Movistar Plus+ platform.
acciona.org is the foundation created by ACCIONA in 2008, which promotes universal quality access to energy, water and sanitation for people and communities with no expectations of conventional grid coverage and with difficulties in paying for these services.
Its action plan is based on local non-profit organizations that act as service providers in exchange for a small assistance and maintenance fee, always adapted to each environment.
These organizations have technicians and user service centers to solve any issues, manage spare parts or provide appliances compatible with renewable electricity systems.
The aim is to ensure that affordable, quality access to electricity, water and sanitation is technically and economically sustainable over time, so that it can promote local progress with new uses of electricity in homes and communities.
The effectiveness of this model, with a track record of 15 years in operation and more than 100,000 users, has earned the recognition of the International Labor Organization (ILO) as a high-impact solution for a just transition.