Local technician installs solar panel



Identification and training of users and installation of solar home systems in their homes


acciona.org planned Luz en Casa as a multi-year programme to make easier the involvement of other public, private and civil society actors -specially the users-, and so having the necessary institutional, managerial, technical and economic resources to achieve the target set: 3,000 installations in operations that were estimated to achieve the break-even point (economic sustainability).

With this aim, we executed the following yearly projects, which go beyond of installing solar home systems (SHS) to provide households with electricity and which share the deployment of a series of activities indicated below.

  • Demo Project
    10 SHS installed. Year 2009
  • Pilot Project
    600 SHS installed. Year 2010
  • LC550 Project
    700 SHS installed. Year 2012
  • LC1700 Project
    1,700 SHS installed. Year 2013
  • LC1700 Extension
    900 SHS installed. Year 2014

Year of starting Luz en Casa


Year when achieving the sustainability


User identification

We pre-identify localities where our actions may be of interest, and we look for the participation and engagement of their authorities and population. Once they accept to be part of the programme, we promote in every community the formation of a Photovoltaic Electrification Committee (so called CEF) with the following conditions:

  • Its members are elected by and among the community.
  • It must be composed of three persons at least -president, treasurer and secretary-, and one of them must to be a woman.
  • It has to be in charge for free of:
    • interlocution between its community and acciona.org,
    • inspections of the installations in its community to verify the correct use, and
    • collection of the monthly fees, if the community decides to do in this way.
  • It has to be officialy supported by the corresponding local authority.


Development of the service delivery model

We designed, for the first project, and revise, for the following ones:

  • the technological model with solar home systems (SHS) of second generation -storage in lead batteries- as they are usually called now,
  • the multi-stakeholder management model involving different actors such as local authorities, electricity regulatory body, users, partners..., and
  • the economic model based on the collection of an affordable fee in return of the offered service.


Start-up of the systems

Besides the purchase, distribution, installation and start-up of the SHS, in every community we develop the following training sessions:

  • Training of CEF members in the responsibilities mentioned before.
  • Training of users where, in a graphic way, we explain their rights and duties in the contracted service: maintenance of the system, allowed and not-allowed uses, payment meeting, what to do in case of failure...

The implementation projects in images

The Centros Luz en Casa