More than 3 million people in Mexico live in remote locations which makes bringing them traditional electricity difficult, expensive, and sometimes impossible. Iluméxico, a Mexican social enterprise, plans to bring solar electricity to 300,000 of these people – that’s around 50,000 homes – by 2020. Iluméxico has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) to commit to the new solar projects, which will also create 180 new jobs, 90 of which are designated for women and 70 of which will be located in rural areas.
“Delivering affordable, sustainable solar power to off-grid rural communities brings Iluméxico one step closer to realising its vision of ensuring access to electricity for all Mexicans by 2040,” said Manuel Wiechers, Iluméxico’s CEO. The company plans to expand from five to 50 locations throughout Mexico during the next five years and also anticipates moving into other Latin American countries during this time. Access to solar electricity allows customers to reduce their dependence on polluting and often hazardous sources such as diesel and candles.
Iluméxico is a for-profit social enterprise which designs and manufactures a range of solar systems marketed at people in Mexico at the bottom of the economic pyramid – especially those in rural and remote areas who don’t have access to electricity. Currently, around 60% of their customers are indigenous people living in remote communities of less than 100 households.
“Consistent access to clean, efficient energy can transform lives and livelihoods,” said Suba Sivakumaran, BCtA’s program manager. “This includes income-generating opportunities, reduced use of biomass and other unsustainable solid fuels, greater opportunities for education and healthcare, and more engaged, productive households and communities.”
Via The Guardian
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