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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Guatemala 2018
OLADE studied how to electrify communities lacking access to power, with solutions that will enable sustainable development and bring progress for their inhabitants. The aim of the projects proposed by OLADE is to enhance living conditions in rural communities by using energy as a tool to achieve integrated rural development in the long term. This goal will be met through an energy project management approach in isolated areas by establishing a multi-stakeholder alliance involving a diversity of participants.
One of the weaknesses of past rural electrification projects in the LAC region was that they focused on implementing and managing technological services instead of focusing on people. Electricity generation technologies had been shown to work, but projects did not strive to build the people's capacities in the process, and so missed their potential for promoting individual and community development.
OLADE analyzes the barriers to the implementation of rural electrification projects by collecting the experiences of its Member Countries and proposes a Methodology that includes social variables and includes Corporate Social Responsibility as part of the elements that support the sustainability of projects. The Methodology is a tool for the planners of the Rural Electrification in the Member Countries. It allows planners to include social, economic, environmental variables and the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility, in the design, execution and operation of the implementation projects of rural electrification.
Implementing rural electrification methodology for rural electrification based on renewable sources is a driving force for local economic development provided the beneficiaries “empowerment” through proper education and training. The innovative aspect of the approach of the Methodology is that it ensures long-term sustainability of rural electrification projects by: Creating a rural community enterprise, for which the LAC experience suggests that the best option is a partnership or association.