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.
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.
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.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).