Submitted by: CINER - Centro de Información en Energías Renovables
Implemented country: Bolivia, Plurinational State of
Title: CINER: Renewable Energy Accessibility Project
CINER, Mosoj Kausay and ISF, selected 8 rural indigenous communities in Bolivia with extreme poverty rates of up to 88% and facilitated workshops allowing residents to express through drawings their energy needs and empowering them to commit to help implement thermo solar showers, wind turbines, solar photovoltaic panels, efficient rocket stoves and solar stoves.
CINER installed the technologies using labor from the communities and provided training to maintain the equipment. By engaging the community in all parts of the process CINER not only created environmental and health benefits but empowered local communities to maintain the equipment and improved their skills.
- The showers replaced the need to collect firewood to boil water to wash their hair reduce levels of deforestation and CO2 emitted from fires.
- Renewable electricity sources replaced need for Kerosene thereby reducing the pollution generated.
- The rocket stoves installed are 40-50% more efficient reducing the amount of firewood needed. This both reduced deforestation in the local area and the amount of CO2 emitted.