This voluntary initiative came from Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)
Governments, UN agencies, NGOs, other business partners. In particular at the moment we can quote: World Food Program and the Barefoot College.
Description/achievement of initiative
Enabling Electricity is the Enel program to fight energy poverty by providing isolated communities and disadvantaged people with sustainable access to electricity developing new business models
The program aims to achieve the targets by acting in 3 directions:
1. projects which guarantee access to technology and infrastructure;
2. projects which remove economic obstacles in low-income areas;
3. projects for the development and sharing of professional know-how and skills in the energy sector.
Here below are some examples in these three areas.
The objective is to gradually enlarge the scope of intervention, investing money in its operations, employing people and donating infrastructures and financial resources. A complete updated list is available at: Enel's access to electricity projects
1. TOB (Triangle-based Omnipurpose Building): An independent habitable structure, easily assembled and completely flexible. Through exploitation of the available renewable resources, it produces electricity and accumulates it to make it available when necessary, with the aim to provide energy and essential services in isolated areas. Partnership with the World Food Program: In June 2011 Enel and the WFP signed a cooperation agreement to combat global hunger and climate change, though developing of a global business model that can generate credits for the reduction of CO2 emissions through the distribution of high-efficiency kitchens in less developed countries.
2. Brazil - Ecoelce, Ecoampla & Chile - Ecochilectra: These projects represent a concrete example of integration between doing business and contributing to the development of society. The idea is to stimulate, through discounts on electricity bills, the collection and recycling of waste in the poorest areas of the large urban centers.
3. Partnership with the Barefoot College: Enel Green Power has signed an agreement for the realization of a rural electrification project in Latin America with Barefoot College. The model devised by Barefoot College involves indentifying young, illiterate grandmothers (aged 35 to 50), to be put on a special training program to become Barefoot Solar Engineers.
This program has benefitted at least 1 million people so far. The target is to reach at least 2 million beneficiaries through supporting the currently listed projects and implementing new ones, developing new partnerships and extending the program to more countries.
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