In Ecuador, the prevalent issue of heavy reliance on non-renewable energy sources is exacerbated by the recurring daily power outages, lasting 4 hours in the Sierra Region and 3 hours in the Costa Region. This frequent disruption highlights the urgency of the energy crisis, causing economic strain and environmental challenges, emphasizing the immediate need for sustainable and consistent energy solutions.
To address this critical challenge, the proposed solution involves the establishment of Community-Owned Renewable Energy Cooperatives. This initiative aims to offer ongoing access to clean energy sources like solar or wind power, managed and operated by the local community. By creating these cooperatives, the project endeavors to mitigate the energy deficit and environmental concerns, providing reliable and sustainable energy alternatives.
The primary beneficiaries of this solution are the affected local communities in Ecuador. Our primary emphasis is to promote the proposal in the Sierra region, where the need for energy is more urgent, as they have longer periods without access. Additionally, the project will concentrate on localities, such as areas with businesses, restaurants, etc., where the energy need is critical. We aim to specifically assist small business owners in these regions. The estimated number of beneficiaries would vary based on the scale of each cooperative, potentially benefiting numerous households, businesses, and organizations. These beneficiaries would access affordable, clean energy sources, thereby reducing their environmental impact and fostering improved economic stability.
Inspiration and ideation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 13: Climate Action
Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ