Access to reliable and sustainable energy is a pillar of prosperity and development for every economy. In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), 5% of the population does not have access to grid electricity. Most of these people live in rural areas and depend on fire wood, kerosene, diesel, candles, and other basic forms of energy which are not considered safe, reliable or sustainable, and are usually more expensive than grid electricity. The LAC region has a huge potential for renewable energy development, in particular to deliver off-grid access to electricity to remote communities. However, the implementation as well as the impact of these solutions on the area where they are developed can face challenges such as low financial access or community rights and involvement. Rural entrepreneurs need access to capital and an enabling environment that allows them to bring ground-breaking technologies to market.

The Empowering Energy workshop will take place during DEMEX – Dialogues for the Future of Energy 2017, organised by Mexico’s Secretaría de Energía (SENER).


10:15 – 10:45 Opening Remarks

10:45 – 12:30 Discussion – Renewable energy projects in rural areas: challenges and opportunities

12:30 – 13:00 Closing Remarks


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