21 February, 2022 Member article

ACCIONA Begins ‘Lights at Home El Nido’ Project In Philippines

18 February 2022 – ARE Member acciona.org, the ACCIONA group’s corporate foundation, begins its work in the Philippines with the “Lights at Home El Nido” project, which consists of the installation of residential photovoltaic systems in 100 homes in the town of El Nido, in the province of Palawan.

These systems will provide more than eight hours of renewable electricity a day to families who until now had no hope of connecting their homes to the conventional electric grid. Furthermore, this will also give them access to other essential services such as charging cell phones or computers and using electronic devices.

The residential photovoltaic systems will replace the basic forms of access to energy and lighting that have been available to these households until now: diesel generators, flashlights, and oil lamps. This will improve their quality of life and avoid harm to both their health and the environment from combustion smoke or batteries.

The Ayala Foundation, which has been promoting education, youth leadership, and sustainable livelihoods in the Philippines since 1961, also participates in this project.

“Lights at Home El Nido” aims to contribute to the universalization of access to electricity in this country where 8.7 million Filipinos (8% of the population) still lack electricity, according to 2019 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority.

In addition to the “Lights at Home” scheme, acciona.org is studying the development of other initiatives in the Philippines focused on ensuring access to basic water services (as it is estimated that five million Filipinos lack drinking water) and water sanitation (which is inadequate for almost nine million of the country’s citizens).

ACCIONA’s foundation has been working since 2008 in countries such as Peru, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Ethiopia, and Spain, benefiting more than 68,000 people, mainly residents of rural areas, by providing them access to basic energy, water, and sanitation services.

acciona.org also favors equal participation of men and women in community management and supports local entrepreneurship to offer related services in the areas in which it operates.