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In Detail

The EURO-SOLAR programme was created when the Commission signed a 4-year financing agreement with the beneficiaries in December 2006.

The agreement established which bodies would implement the programme in each country, how the budget should be allocated and how many electrification kits should be provided to each country.


Original budget  - €30 244 800:

 European Commission

 €24 000 000

 Beneficiary countries

 €6 000 000

 Institute of Technology and Renewable Energy (ITER)

 €244 800


In October 2009, the total budget was increased by €6m and the duration extended by 9 months.

New budget - €35 845 478:

 European Commission

 €28 700 000


 €6 900 678

 Institute of Technology and Renewable Energy (ITER)

 €244 800



Promoting the use of renewable energy to improve living conditions in Latin America’s 8 poorest countries (fighting poverty, isolation and socio-economic marginalisation.

Beneficiary countries and partner bodies

EURO-SOLAR is implemented in Latin America’s 8 poorest countries (based on the UN Human Development Index): Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru.

Government bodies implementing the programme in each country and their financial allocations: 

 Implementing authority

 Viceministerio de Hidrocarburos y Energía [Deputy Ministry of Oil and Energy] through the Viceministro de Electricidad y Energías Alternativas [Deputy Minister of Electricity and Alternative Energy]

 European Commission funding

 €2 846 133

 Bolivian government funding

 €659 557

El Salvador

 Implementing authority

 Ministerio de Educación [Ministry of Education]

 European Commission funding

 €2 229 655

 Salvadorian government funding

 €532 971


 Implementing authority

 Ministerio de Electricidad y Energía Renovable [Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy]

 European Commission funding

 €3 773 512

 Ecuadorian government funding

 €1 020 571


 Implementing authority

 Ministerio de Energía y Minas [Ministry of Energy and Mining]

 European Commission funding

 €5 309 971

 Guatemalan government funding

 €1 377 857


 Implementing authority

 Consejo Hondureño de Ciencia y Tecnología [Honduran Council of Science and Technology]

 European Commission funding

 €2 834 223

 Honduran government funding

 €761 579


 Implementing authority

 Ministerio de Energía y Minas [Ministry of Energy and Mining]

 European Commission funding

 €1 767 517

 Nicaraguan government funding

 €586 000


 Implementing authority

 Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Comunicaciones [Ministry of Public Works and Communications] through the Viceministerio de Minas y Energía [Deputy Ministry of Mining and Energy]

 European Commission funding

 €2 135 281

 Paraguayan government funding

 €504 643


 Implementing authority

 Dirección General de Electrificación Rural [Directorate-General of Rural Electrification] within the Ministerio de Energía y Minas [Ministry of Energy and Mining]

 European Commission funding

 €6 050 407 50

 Peruvian government funding

 €1 457 500


Implementation details

EURO-SOLAR will give solar or wind power supply to remote rural communities without electricity access, by installing some 600 electrification kits using photovoltaic or hybrid power systems (wind/photovoltaic).

The communities will also receive a wide range of electrical appliances: computers, internet connections, telephones, printer/scanners, battery chargers, projectors, medical refrigeration equipment, water purifiers and lighting.

The communities are selected on the basis of technical, socio-economic and accessibility criteria, as well as the level of commitment they have shown.

Before, during and after the installation of the equipment, the communities receive training in how to use the new technology, to ensure the equipment lasts for as long as possible and they can take full advantage of the potential benefits (communication, access to information, educational and cultural, health, social and productive).

The programme is implemented in collaboration with local partner bodies, especially the relevant government bodies in each country. Inside each of those government bodies, a national coordination unit [Célula Nacional de Coordinación (CNC)] has been created, staffed internally and led by a country coordinator (responsable nacional), supported by a head of technical assistance (Jefe/a de Asistencia Técnica Internacional).

The European Commission in Brussels coordinates the programme for all regions and manages the assistance contracts to ensure they are implemented. The Commission’s delegations offer on-site support and have been managing the supply contracts since August 2009.

Current situation

Preparatory work with the 600 selected communities started 2 years ago and is almost complete. This involved refurbishing premises that will house the new equipment (schools, health centres, technology centres etc.).

Under close supervision, the suppliers have been delivering kits and installing them since June 2009.

During/before installation, basic training on how to use and maintain the equipment is given to at least 3 members of each community - essential if the communities are to operate the systems themselves. Once the equipment is in place, the training offered to the communities will be stepped up.


Each country is working on a sustainability strategy designed to suit their beneficiary communities, addressing technical, social, legal and economic aspects.

This is to ensure optimal use is made of the kits over their lifetime (estimated to be 20 years) – to guarantee the expected impact in terms of education, health and telecommunications, and produce a genuine, long-term improvement in beneficiaries’ living conditions.

2009 Conference

Sustainability was one of the key implementation issues discussed at the 2nd regional EURO-SOLAR conference held in Roatán (Honduras) in June 2009.

Attendees included representatives of the Honduran Council of Science and Technology, the Commission (both from Brussels and some Latin American delegations), the technical support company SOCOIN, the European Institute of Technology and Renewable Energy, companies supplying equipment (CYMI and AGMIN) and an expert representative from a similar Commission-financed project in Panama, SOLEDUSA.






Last update: 17/02/2012 | Top