EGP Brings Renewable Energy to Rural Peru
Collaboration between Enel Green Power and the Indian NGO Barefoot College has produced its first major achievement, after electricity was brought to the village of Japopunco in the Peruvian Andes
Enel Green Power and the Indian NGO Barefoot College has seen its first major achievement, after electricity was brought to Japopunco, a village in the Peruvian Andes. The project, carried by the Peruvian NGO Labor, centres on mothers and grandmothers from the village, which is located at a height of 4800 metres, where they installed PV solar panels at every house after having been trained for six months at the Barefoot College in India.
The solar kit supplied to each family consists of a solar panel, a battery, LED lamps and a mobile panel to charge the portable solar lantern. A solar electrical box, which is powered by four panels, has also been installed for the community.
The main feature of the Barefoot approach is identifying a number of women, who are often semi-illiterate and range from 35 to 50 years of age, and putting them in a special training programme aimed at turning them into Barefoot Solar Engineers (BSE). While no longer young they can nonetheless very easily learn a new skill, care about their land and have a smaller family burden than that of young mothers.
Panels are also a source of income for Japopuncos engineers: the installation of the panels costs 35 Soles per family, plus five Soles to be paid each month for maintenance (one euro is equivalent to about three Soles). The monthly fee must be paid in advance, in order to make sure both that the engineers are paid on time and to avoid panels being sold for a few hundred dollars, like what happened to those provided for free by government in 2008.
The collaboration between Barefoot College and Enel Green Power is part of the broader Enabling Electricity programme.
The solar engineers of the Barefoot College