Iberdrola México brings solar energy to Oaxaca communities, hand in hand with the state government

  • With a 30-million-peso investment in five years, the Luces de Esperanza (Lights of Hope) program will benefit 6,000 inhabitants of the state of Oaxaca.
  • Thanks to the collaboration of Alejandro Murat’s administration, the Welfare Secretariat, and the municipality of San Pedro Pochutla, the first phase of the project has already become true.

San Pedro Pochutla, Oaxaca, December 10, 2020.-  The Government of Oaxaca and Iberdrola México announced today the arrival in the state of the Luces de Esperanza (Lights of Hope) program, aimed at bringing electricity to rural communities that do not have access to this service and encourage their development with an investment of 30 million pesos over five years, with the technical collaboration of Iluméxico.

“With the joint effort of the government sector, the private sector, as well as the Pochutla’s citizens, we have fulfilled the lifelong yearning of 380 people who, due to geographic conditions, are located more than 5 kilometers away from conventional electricity and thus did not have access to electricity in their homes”, said Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa in the lighting event of the first 95 homes benefited by Luces de Esperanza.

The State Governor explained that this program is part of Iberdrola México´s social commitment and responsibility towards the state of Oaxaca, where the company will invest 30 million pesos in the installation of autonomous solar systems in houses and community spaces, benefiting 6,000 people who do not have electricity.

Our commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda is renewed with these actions allow for a fairer world for everyone and, in this case, contribute to SDG 7 “Affordable and clean”, he added.

Enrique Alba, Iberdrola México’s CEO, stressed that access to energy is critical to foster people’s education, economy, health, and safety. “We are committed to Mexico, so we wanted to expand the project to the south-southeast region, specifically to Oaxaca, and we are confident that Luces de Esperanza will allow beneficiaries to improve their quality of life”, he said.

The head of the Welfare Secretariat (Sebien) in Oaxaca, Yolanda Martínez López, pointed out that strategic alliances have been established by the government that will enable the state’s inhabitants to have access to electricity, and recalled that at least 1% of the population lacks this service, according to data published by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) in 2019.

The installation of 95 solar panels in nine communities represents the end of the first phase of Luces de Esperanza, remarked the Head of Social Policy in Oaxaca at an event with the participation of the CEO of Iluméxico, Manuel Wiechers; the municipal president of San Pedro Pochutla, Saymi Pineda; and local deputy Yarith Tannos.

It should be noted that Luces de Esperanza started in 2019 at the Huasteca Potosina, where the company also announced an investment of 30 million pesos. The first phase of the program brought electricity to 50 homes and 3 community spaces. The second phase will finish in the first quarter of 2021.


 

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