Energy4commons diseña, desarrolla e implementa programas de electrificación rural y urbana fuera de la red utilizando energía renovable. Brindamos nuestra experiencia técnica y conocimientos para apoyar a los desarrolladores, instituciones, consultores y operadores en todas las etapas de la electricidad.

El acceso a energía confiable, asequible y sostenible es la prosperidad y el desarrollo de todas las economías. Forma parte de los 17 objetivos de desarrollo sostenible incluidos en la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible adoptada por los Estados miembros de las Naciones Unidas en 2015. A pesar del reciente aumento de la electrificación, el acceso a la energía moderna sigue representando una necesidad urgente y real de alrededor de 840 millones personas.




NOSOTROS





Nuestros valores

Estamos convencidos de que el acceso a la energía constituye un paso importante y necesario para la lucha contra el hambre, el analfabetismo, la desigualdad de género y las enfermedades que matan a millones de personas en todo el mundo. El acceso universal a fuentes de energía moderna y sostenible contribuye con el empoderamiento de las personas más vulnerables, especialmente de mujeres y niños, ya que los sistemas descentralizados de energía contribuyen con la socialización y la democratización de los sistemas de producción y de distribución energéticos.

Creemos que una solución fundamental para el acceso a la energía es cambiar la estructura piramidal “de arriba hacia abajo” imperante en el sector energético, por un enfoque de “abajo hacia arriba”. De esta manera los que se encuentran en la base de la pirámide deben ser empoderados para orientar y dirigir la gestión y administración de los sistemas energéticos. Bajo este nuevo enfoque de acceso descentralizado a la energía (fundamentalmente a la energía eléctrica), las infraestructuras de propiedad comunitaria y la producción descentralizada de energías renovables, deberían contribuir a modelar un sistema energético orientado hacia el interés general y hacia la creación de beneficios cuyos objetivos sean exclusivamente sociales y ambientales. En resumen, se trata de crear un sistema en el que la energía sea entendida como un “bien común”.


Abogacía

Energy4commons aboga por el acceso a la energía moderna, fiable y asequible como un derecho fundamental e inalienable de todo ser humano. En este sentido, llevamos a cabo una campaña de sensibilización dirigida a la sociedad civil, a los decidores políticos, a los inversionistas y a todos los involucrados con la industria energética para promover la necesidad de actuar con eficiencia y determinación en hacer posible el acceso a la energía de las comunidades más vulnerables.



Nuestra Misión

Estamos comprometidos con la misión de reducir la brecha existente entre aquellos que tienen acceso a la electricidad y aquellos que no tienen acceso a ninguna fuente de energía moderna, fiable y asequible para alimentar sus iluminar cotidianas. Trabajamos para proveer energía a todos aquellos que se hallan desprovistos de ella a nivel mundial. En este sentido, ofrecemos asesoría técnica completa dirigida a instituciones publicas y privadas, comunidades, cooperativas y organizaciones no gubernamentales, de manera que estos actores sean capaces de implementar soluciones energéticas descentralizadas que contribuyan con el desarrollo y el mejoramiento del acceso a productos y servicios energéticos de los sectores sociales más vulnerables.

* Concebimos y desarrollamos proyectos que van desde sistemas eléctricos autónomos hasta mini redes eléctricas. Prestamos asesoría en el diseño y la implementación de modelos de negocios, modelos de financiamiento, selección de espacios, estudios de factibilidad, participación comunitaria, evaluación de la demanda, diseño de sistemas técnicos y tecnológicos, recaudación de fondos, procura de materiales y equipos, así como con la construcción, la puesta en marcha, la operación y el mantenimiento de proyectos de electrificación rural y urbana.

* Ayudamos a los operadores de mini redes a aumentar la demanda y ofrecer servicios de asesoramiento comercial, técnico y financiero en el campo a pequeños usuarios productivos de mini redes.

* Ponemos a prueba nuevos modelos de negocio de micro y mini redes, realizamos estudios de viabilidad sobre esquemas de apoyo financiero y gestionamos programas de subvenciones.

* Prestamos asistencia a los operadores de mini redes eléctricas para aumentar la demanda, así como proveer servicios de tutoría técnica y financiera para el desarrollo de proyectos productivos dirigidos a los usuarios de mini redes eléctricas. También orientamos en materia de modelos de negocios de nuevos proyectos de micro y mini redes eléctricas, y conducimos estudios de factibilidad para esquemas de apoyo financiero y programas de manejo de donaciones.

Nuestra visión

Energy4commons acts as a civic and independent organization working to ensure universal access to energy, as described in the horizon 2030 framework. We do so by contributing to bridging the socioeconomic gap between the global North and the global South, as well as to making these communities more resilient, autonomous and productive.

Energy4commons es una organización civil e independiente que se esfuerza en materializar el 7mo Objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible de la ONU, el cual busca garantizar el acceso universal a la energía de aquí al año 2030. Con nuestro accionar, intentamos reducir la brecha socioeconómica entre el Norte y el Sur global, así como ayudar a las comunidades mas vulnerables a ser mas productivas, autónomas y resilientes.

Áreas de intervención

● Sistemas energéticos descentralizados: kit, plantas híbridas de generación eléctrica
● Planificación energética territorial
● Sistemas energéticos renovables
● Sistemas energéticos descentralizados: kit, plantas híbridas de generación eléctrica
● Utilización y optimización de infraestructuras de electrificación rural
● Maximización del valor productivo del uso de la electricidad
● Programas de Eficiencia y ahorro energético

PROYECTOS

Revolusolar

A pilot project to build a solar cooperative in Rio de Janeiro's «favelas»

Context

Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is a basic requirement for the sustainable development of humanity . Currently, with an increasingly expensive grid energy prices and cheaper solar energy , this is already an economically advantageous option, especially in Rio . And because it is a renewable, decentralized source and a leader in generating local jobs, this new option has an important socio-environmental role.

To access solar energy in Brazil, initial capital or access to credit is still required. For this reason, only the wealthiest have benefited from this new solution. Low-income communities continue to have an expensive and low quality energy service.

Goals

The purpose of Revolusolar is to promote the sustainable development of low-income communities through solar energy. To this end, we seek to enable a new affordable and sustainable energy model that combines positive environmental, social and economic impacts. We want all houses, businesses and community institutions to be able to generate their own energy, through a model based on community autonomy and involvement.

Our vision for the future is for these communities to become poles of clean energy generation for the cities. Thus, using sustainable energy as a tool, the term « favela » will gain new meanings, and will become a reference in innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Actions

Revolusolar aims to make photovoltaic technology accessible to low-income communities, through:

  1. Solar installations, which contribute to reduce energy costs and empower the consumer;
  2. Professional training for this market, which generates quality local jobs for the new low-carbon economy and gives the community a leading role;
  3. Children's workshops on sustainability and energy, which raise the awareness of the new generation and promote community engagement;
  4. Research, events and advocacy, to generate and disseminate knowledge on the subject, and to represent the « favela »'s interests in the energy sector.

If you want to know more about this project, please click here

Voisins d’énergie

A living lab to boost the resilience capacity of the energy communities in the city of Brussels

Context

The 'energy saving' policies implemented over the past 40 years have shown their limits. In particular, because there is a close link between energy consumption and GDP. The dominant approach to the energy question is a technical-economic base, settled on individual consumers who must be convinced to buy more 'efficient' equipment and who must 'be educated', so in that way, they will change their 'behavior'. In Voisins d'énergie, we take the problem from the other end: the constitution of energy communities that organize themselves collectively to produce their energy, self-consume it, and reduce it.

Thus, we are banking on the development of collective management of the common good that is energy, of which the energy communities are a possible way. Collective discussions around energy are the most direct way to transform the social norms that are the basis of energy consumption. It is about reversing the logic of the energy system in which until now, demand drives supply and learning to adapt social practices to available energy. From this perspective, energy communities are a possible way of this essential transformation of society towards greater resilience.

Goals

The initial objective of the project was to constitute a network of energy communities in the Brussels Region, that would act as a resource center to welcome new communities and which would be sustainable after the end of the project. The ideal end situation we envision is a territory covered with 'energy communities'. While this goal has faded as we understand the complexity of forming energy communities, it remains a critical horizon for us. On the other hand, we have kept the idea of actively contributing to transforming the energy landscape of the Brussels region through the sharing of learning and exchanges between citizens.

Actions

Revolusolar aims to make photovoltaic technology accessible to low-income communities, through:

  1. Discussion workshops (explorers' meetings) to define transversal experiments. Imagine an experiment that would be meta / transversal or similar experiments carried out in parallel.
  2. Experiment with an energy community without meters, because meters (simple or "smarts") can represent a difficulty for people in economic precariousness, and some explorers refuse the installation of smarts meters from the distribution network manager.
  3. Experiment with an energy community where costs are collectivized in a united manner and individual bills abandoned. Steps: (1) measure the consumption in the various dwellings of the Energy Community, (2) constitute a common pot and take the measurements at the level of the low voltage cabin, (3) design collective invoicing according to a distribution key to be co-created by the inhabitants (consumption history, economic levels, the energy performance of buildings, etc.).
  4. School, training, apprenticeship, and their role in social cohesion.

If you want to know more about this project, please click here

Past Projects

ElectriEfficiency

A community project to fight the energy poverty in the social housing of Brussels

Context

ElectriEfficiency is a project resulting from a participatory and citizen initiative launched between 2019 and 2021. It has been supported by Bruxelles Environnement and Energy4commons as part of the Inspirons le quartier program.

Without good insulation, an efficient and economical boiler, without high-performance household appliances, households pay too much without knowing the well-being they deserve. Thus, they fall into the trap of fuel poverty.

Goals

ElectriEfficiency sought to optimize the energy consumption of homes in the Vandeuren / Volta district of Ixelles (South Brussels). To do this, ElectriEfficiency has identified and assessed the socio-economic, technical and institutional factors that increase the budget of the households concerned.

Thus, the project sought in particular:

  1. Develop an energy consumption profile of participating households by collecting data such as: How and how much energy do they consume? How much of the household's general budget represents energy expenditure?
  2. Evaluate what collective and technical measures can be put in place to reduce household energy consumption expenditure.
  3. Establish a participatory project to complete the recommended collective solutions and measures.
  4. Implement and evaluate the solutions realized, in order to obtain experience feedback that allows us to reproduce the project on a municipal and then regional scale.
Actions

To achieve these objectives we have implemented:

  1. The Volta barometer. A sociological survey to establish the socio-economic and energy profile of the inhabitants of the Boondael district. You can download this study (only in French) here
  2. Workshops on the theme of energy. These workshops aim to answer our questions about energy and to further increase our mastery of all aspects of energy in our daily lives. The subjects are chosen together according to the requests and interests of the participants.
  3. The Volta Bike. A bicycle that generates electricity from the recycling and reuse of old materials. The Volta Bike is made up of 70% of recovered elements, including the battery with which we store the electricity produced by the pedal.

If you want to know more about this project, please click here

APÓYANOS

 VOLUNTARIOS
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