EnerLab

Project name:

EnerLab

Project location: 

Mexico

Sub-focus area: 

Rural electrification

AES México partnered with a local university to implement EnerLab, a social energy challenge that tasked students to solve a problem in our communities using renewable energy solutions. The program merges theoretical-practical training for college students to design, build, and implement a solution in the community. In the first edition, over 30 students participated in the training to provide reliable electrical power to a rural school in Tamaulipas, México through the development of a small-scale windmill paired with energy storage.

Impact:

30 university students designed a solution for a local school with 100 children  

Partners:

Vestas   

Rural electrification in Changuinola

Project name:

AES Energía Rural

Project location: 

Panama 

Sub-focus area: 

Rural electrification

AES Panama launched an initiative to bring electric power to the homes in the community where we operate. Through this project, AES Changuinola built 50 Km of electric lines and home installations in neighboring communities to our hydro power plant, providing electricity to 2,500 people for the first time and improving their quality of life in a significant way.

Impact

2,500 people in 5 communities with a large indigenous population 

Partners:

National Office of Rural Electrification – Panama

AES energía rural

Project name:

AES Energía Rural

Project location: 

El Salvador 

Sub-focus area: 

Rural electrification

Since 2001, through AES Rural Energy, we have contributed to reduce the number of households without electricity. We’ve been improving the quality of life of thousands of families from rural zones and providing them with new economic and social opportunities, including the possibility to create businesses and to enjoy the benefits of energy in order to receive better education, health services, traffic safety and healthy entertainment. Between 2009 and 2012, we established an alliance with Fomilenio that enabled the construction of 1,110 electrification projects. In 2016, we developed our first Solar Rural Energy pilot plan to provide households in remote zones acccess to electrical energy. This innovative project provided electrical energy from highly reliable solare nergy sources, benefiting 14 families in the Los Encuentros settlemen within the municipality of San Francisco Menéndez. In 2019, we started an intiative to support families in poverty by providing free installation of the electrical service and a basic system that included a breaker box, an outlet and an energy-saving lightbulb.  

In parallel with these initiatives, we give talks to rural communities on the safe use and efficient consumption of electricity. To date, more than 60,000 people from 1,047 rural communities throughout the country have benefited from these talks.

Impact

77,400 families

Partners:

Fomilenio, FINET (National Electricity and Telecommunications Investment Fund), municipal offices, and our AES people 

In parallel, we give talks to rural communities on the safe use and efficient consumption of electricity. To date, more than 60,000 persons from 1,047 rural communities throughout the country have benefited from these talks.