A new supply phase has been recently finished and, now, more than 3,600 households have electricity through Third Generation Solar Home Systems (3GSHS) in rural communities of Oaxaca (Mexico).

The Public-Private Partnership for Development, which is composed of ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico, the Government of the State of Oaxaca and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development to perform the “Luz en Casa Oaxaca” programme, has achieve an important milestone in the summer of 2015, with the supply of 2,272 3GSHS to an equal number of low-income families from 175 Oaxaca villages.

During three months, the ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico’s staff has gone round those villages to distribute the 3GSHS to the beneficiary families, which have been trained to install, use and maintain the systems. These families live in rural areas with a significant number of indigenous communities; Oaxaca is the Mexican State with the widest ethnic diversity (16 ethnic groups) and Luz en Casa Oaxaca reaches at least a half, mainly Zapotec and Mixe.

The basic electrification provided by the “Luz en Casa Oaxaca” programme brings significant changes in the quality of life of those people, because the access to electricity improves the living conditions of their houses, with important impacts on their education, environment, health and economy.

ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico and the “Luz en Casa Oaxaca” programme

In 2012, the ACCIONA Microenergia foundation started the non-profit association ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico in order to implement, in isolated communities of Mexico, its basic-service delivery models for low-income households in rural areas.

Since then, ACCIONA Microenergia Mexico deploys the “Luz en Casa Oaxaca” programme in association with the Government of the State of Oaxaca, and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development that joined in 2013. The three entities participate in the Public-Private Partnership for Development that offers basic electricity, by means of third generation solar home systems, to villages with population of less than 100 that are not included in the grid-extension plans of the CFE, the Mexican electricity public utility.