Iberdrola México will bring solar energy to rural communities in the Huasteca Potosina

  • Between 2019 and 2024, Iberdrola México will invest $30 million pesos to bring electricity to rural communities.
  • The Luces de Esperanza (Lights of Hope) program will bring benefits to 6,000 people.
  • The initiative includes bringing electricity to homes, schools, health centers and community facilities.
  • UNDP Mexico will monitor the project’s progress in order to document its contribution to accomplishing Agenda 2030.

Mexico City, November 7, 2019 – Iberdrola México, in alliance with Iluméxico, today launched the Luces de Esperanza (Lights of Hope) project to bring electricity to 30 rural communities in the Huasteca Potosina region that are currently without it. This program will help drive development by boosting productive activities and improving health, education and security.

Between 2019 and 2024, Iberdrola México will invest $30 million pesos in this program, in which autonomous solar systems will be installed in homes, schools, health centers and community facilities, to the benefit of 6,000 people who do not currently have access to the national electricity grid.

During the first phase, the project will feature the participation of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the agency that integrates Sustainable Development Goals (SDA), in order to monitor progress in the project’s results and document the contribution made to the achievement of Agenda 2030.

“In Mexico there are almost one and a half million people who do not have access to electricity. We are committed to the development of the country and are confident that this program will allow the benefited communities to improve their quality of life and increase their social inclusion,” said Enrique Alba, CEO of Iberdrola México.

“Energy is a basic social right. Working to install autonomous solar systems in the most remote communities of the country is a huge challenge, but the benefits are incredible. Energy allows us to improve the quality of life of families, education, health and security,” added Manuel Wiechers, director of Iluméxico.

“Energy poverty is a complex phenomenon that should not only consider access to and affordability of electricity, but also ensure that people’s needs are met, while allowing them to reduce inequality and improve their quality of life. Universal access to energy is essential for sustainable development,” said Lorenzo Jiménez de Luis, UNDP Resident Representative in Mexico.

The first phase of the Luces de Esperanza program began in 2019 with electricity being brought to 48 homes and three community spaces in five areas near Tamazunchale (San Luis Potosi).

The second phase of the project will begin in 2020, bringing benefits to 73 homes and four public spaces in five other communities in the Huasteca Potosina region.

Iberdrola México firmly believes in creating sustainable value for society in the communities it operates in. This is why the company is driving initiatives to encourage respect for the environment and create a positive setting for people.