Other projects

Get to know other A2E projects, that allow acess to energy, through renewable energy solutins, msotly solar, in order to contribute to social, economic and environmental development of communities.

In April 2011, EDP sponsored the extension of the "Luz Bin" project (meaning "light comes" in Creole), developed by the NGOD TESE – Associação para o Desenvolvimento. The project began in 2009 in Bafatá, the second largest city in Guinea-Bissau, and promotes increased access to education by children and adults in rural communities, particularly the access of women to literacy evening programmes through the illumination of school infrastructures.

Under this partnership, the support of the EDP Group meant the supply of 15 solar energy kits which took lighting to 15 classrooms, 40 solar lanterns for students under a fee-for-service top-up scheme, 20 solar ovens and 20 solar water purifiers. The "Luz Bin" project directly benefits 675 people per year by providing them with access to evening literacy classes. Indirectly the programme reaches out to more than 30,000 people.

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Luz Bin in Guinea-Bissau

A mini-grids project, developed by EDP Brazil, to supply intermittent sources to isolated areas in the vicinity of the Santo António do Jari hydro power plant in Brazil. This access to energy project will benefit 125 households, and in 2014 the A2E unit will monitor its implementation in the four beneficiary communities and at the same time will prepare guidelines for future actions in new A2E projects.

A partnership between Instituto EDP, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the North-American company KVA, in association with MIT, to promote energy inclusion and provide access to energy to families in isolated communities who live without access to electricity, by making solar energy-based lighting kits available. The selected communities participate in the production of the kit and the integration of its components, generating an income source for the communities themselves. The project, to be extended at a later stage, currently covers 300 families.

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This project was carried out in 2011 through a solidarity initiative funded by voluntary contributions from HC Energia and HC Foundation employees, on the one hand, and the HC Foundation, on the other, which doubled the funds raised. The project benefits some 6,400 people, and aims to supply electric power to the Bongowerou health centre in Benin, through the installation of photovoltaic panels.

A partnership established in 2013 between HC Energia, Energia sin fronteras, SMA and other companies, for the electrification of five community centres in the ecovillage of Nyumbani, in Kenya. The village includes 1000 orphaned children who have lost both parents to HIV/AIDS and 100 elderly people who raise them.

The main aim is to contribute to the ecovillage's sustainable development by supplying photovoltaic energy to provide better living conditions for its population and foster education, health, access to drinking water and professional training. Access to solar energy will avoid dependence on fossil fuels, high costs and other harmful consequences, enabling the ecovillage to be self-sufficient and sustainable.

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Kenya: Nyumbani