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Capacity Building and Pilot Electrification for Amazonian Communities

Capacity Building and Pilot Electrification for Amazonian Communities




1 March, 2011 to 31 August, 2012




Latin America


In 2009, electrification coverage in Ecuador was estimated to be 92.6%, with coverage 84.7% in rural areas. In Peru the grid served 80% of the population, but with only 55% coverage in rural areas and severe differences between regions. This is particularly true for the Amazon basin region, due to the remoteness of many rural and indigenous settlements.

The project was conducted by the EUEI PDF in coordination with the Ecuador-Peru Bi-National Peace Plan (Plan Binacional), representing the Governments of Ecuador and Peru. Its aim was to build infrastructure and cooperation in the border region of the two countries, particularly in the Amazonian region, in order to reduce conflicts.

The project aimed at building the capacity of local governments and communities in the Amazon region, enabling them to plan, implement and manage rural electrification programmes to provide sustainable energy to isolated rural, indigenous and mestizo communities. The results delivered in each country include:

  • baseline studies describing the policy, institutional and socio-economic background to rural electrification, including the nature of demand and supply and the constraints to be overcome
  • an implementation model for planning and delivering rural electrification to and with remote communities 
  • a guide for rural electrification planning also applicable beyond the immediate project region
  • a capacity building plan was developed for each country

Further, specific proposals for pilot installations and corresponding investment plants were developed for both countries.

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