Ilumexico commits to install and distribute 1,500 solar systems for households and 22 solar systems for schools in rural impoverished areas over an 18-month period. Through the creation of five to six new rural branches, called ILUCentros, and a micro-loan program that enables users to pay for their solar home systems in small installments over 12 months, plus government subsidies for a portion of the households, Ilumexico will enable households without electricity access to finance their solar equipment. Additionally, through donations and government subsidies, Ilumexico will install solar equipment in rural schools that currently have no energy access. These efforts will benefit over 8,000 people living in poverty.
Ilumexico will implement this in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Guerrero, Campeche, and Chiapas through five to six rural branches and a network of 15 rural engineers who will perform scouting, training, installation, payment collection, and maintenance of the solar equipment. Additionally, Ilumexico has the team, infrastructure, and hired electricians to perform school installations. Ilumexico will select communities in collaboration with local governments and alliances they currently have with different government offices.
Ilumexico will be the executing organism of the project and will perform the feasibility analysis, scouting reports, solar marketing strategies, sales, installation, maintenance, micro-loan management, and long term servicing for the equipment, as well as installation, supervision, and maintenance of the schools. Additionally, Ilumexico performs activities related to environmental awareness (training and toolkits for rural teachers) and financial education (materials on the importance of saving and household budgets, and on credits and interest rates) to community members as part of its strategy for social development and technology adoption.
Q1: Ilumexico will form relationships with local authorities and start scouting procedures for a first region. This includes recruiting personnel and finding local infrastructure to rent for the rural branch. Ilumexico will also start with marketing efforts and visiting communities, performing surveys, and identifying potential schools. Meanwhile in the central offices, manufacturing and system purchasing will begin.
Q2: Ilumexico will continue the scouting of the first region and commence installation of the first solar home systems (around 400-500 installations), while identifying and surveying in a second region. The first 11 schools systems will be installed, and manufacturing will continue.
Q3: Ilumexico will replicate the actions of Q1 and Q2 in regions two and three. Scouting will continue and installation will begin in region 2, and scouting will begin in region 3. Additionally, the remaining schools will be identified and installed.
Q4: Ilumexico will finish the school and solar home system installations, collect payments, and perform maintenance visits to all of the households in the program.
Q5-Q6: Ilumexico will conduct exit surveys for regions 1-3 and promote upgrades/maintenance plans for households when they reach one year of using their solar home system. Ilumexico will conduct continued maintenance and intermediate surveying and evaluations on equipment use, sociodemographic data, and customer satisfaction throughout the commitment period.
Lack of access to electricity is a problem that affects 1.3 billion people worldwide and 3% of the Mexican population, more than 3 million people (National Census). There are over 43,000 small Mexican communities that rely heavily on the use of hazardous lighting sources (Electricity Commission Report), such as candles, firewood, and diesel lamps, because expanding the electric grid would be both complex, due to geographic constraints and environmental impact, and expensive.
The lack of access to energy directly impacts the ability of rural communities to develop. The financial costs and health risks associated with hazardous lighting sources like candles and diesel lamps greatly attribute to the sense of vulnerability that thousands of families face. Reliance on these sources also limits productive and academic activities to the daylight hours, which directly impacts education and income, causing the population to rely on government welfare programs. There are also an estimated 18,000 schools in Mexico that lack energy access, limiting education, and creating a technology breach (lack of access to computers, internet access, and basic communication) for the rural population.