"WE OFFER NEW 3GSHS TO COVER BASIC ELECTRICITY NEEDS IN CHILEAN RURAL COMMUNITIES".
In Chile, we implemented our first pilot project in Caleta Maitencillo, a fishing community in the Coquimbo region where some 50 families live. These families had access to electricity through fuel that provided between 3 and 5 hours of electricity per day and is an expense of half of its income.
Luz en Casa pilot project adapted the model of electricity service provision. One of its main innovations is the introduction of additional technologies of third generation solar home systems (3GSHS), offering differents types of systems.
As a news in this supply model, payment management has been optimized. A model, specific to Chile, has been created with the support of 30,000 Caja Vecina branches of Banco Estado for the fee collection.
After this first pilot project, we bring Luz en Casa Coquimbo to isolated households from the Chilean coast to the Andes mountains, improving the quality of life and job opportunities of families dedicated to the fishing and livestock sector. We extend access to basic electricity service, in a sustainable and affordable way, to remote households in all the provinces of the Coquimbo region: Elquí, Limarí and Choapa.
HOUSEHOLDS WITH ELECTRICITY
TYPES OF SYSTEMS OFFERED
WHY DO WE BRING LUZ EN CASA TO CHILE?
- According to the Chilean Ministry of Energy, in 2019 there were almost 30,000 households without access or with partial access to electricity in Chile.
- Los Lagos and Coquimbo are the regions with the highest incidence of lack of electrification. In the case of Coquimbo, almost 3,000 households do not have access.
- As in most of Latin American and Caribbean region, the lack of access to electricity and the plans to provide it is mainly found in isolated populations or those with a low population density.
- In addition, in Chile there have been family regroupings due to the COVID-19 pandemic in less populated areas and with the difficulties of connection to schools. The lack of electricity has increased in these communities.
- The increase in the price of energy systems that they may have today have become economically unsustainable as a result of this situation