This project aims at developing prototypes of a rural electrification system capable of generating electricity to meet the basic needs of a family, and test them with families in remote areas of Colombia.Electricity is generated from solar energy.The system is cheap, easy to transport and install. It will be validated and promoted among the entities responsible of rural electrification in the country with the purpose of bringing power to many more families in the near future.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In Colombia over 1 million families have no access to modern electricity,thus not having basic benefits such as constant lightning and the possibility to connect with the world through technologies such as radio, television and the internet. Even the use of mobile phones is limited, since theres no place to charge them. Furthermore, lack of electricity affects productivity, since people are not able to use many machines and women need to spend much more time doing housework.
How will this project solve this problem?
ERCO has developed a rural electrification system capable of generating electricity to meet the basic needs of a family. It is cheaper than the existing systems, easier to transport and install. Resources collected will be used to produce prototypes of this system and test them with families in remote areas of Colombia, which will be selected according to their support and service to the communities they belong to. Families will be selected and monitored with the support of Saciar Foundation.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will allow to validate a system capable of breaking 4 energy entry barriers in remote areas: Price, installation, transportation and maintenance. It will be promoted among the entities responsible of rural electrification in the country, so that in the near future, many families can have access to electricity. In this way not only the quality of life of many families will improve, but they will also increase their productivity and ability to develop their economic activities.
Total Funding Received to Date: $210
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,790
Total Funding Goal: $5,000