In the context of a Peruvian government project to renovate obsolete educational facilities in the Amazon, Masisea received a new schoolhouse in the beginning of 2016. However, the village has no access to the power grid and the sole source of power was a diesel generator, which meant that the village could not use the computers, fans, refrigerators and lamps that had been provided with the renovation.
An initiative by the LIFE Climate Foundation Liechtenstein stepped in to help. Together with the Association of Liechtenstein Charitable Foundations (VLGS) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (AAA), a plan was developed to supply the schoolhouse with renewable energy. The Liechtenstein partners teamed up with the company Delta Volt SAC, a Peruvian energy firm that had participated in projects involving Liechtenstein in the past.
This summer, the school in Masisea received 36 photovoltaic panels and inverters with a total of 24 batteries, enough to power the school around the clock with absolutely no diesel. The facility was inaugurated with a large festival in the presence of the mayor, the Liechtenstein partners and a representative from the Peruvian education ministry.
The project costs came to 100,000 Swiss francs, half of which was financed by the government of Liechtenstein and the other half by the four foundations: LIFE Climate Foundation Liechtenstein, the Lotex Foundation, the MariaMarina Foundation and the Thoolen Foundation.
“This is the first development project that we have realised together with several charitable foundations,” said Panagiotis Potolidis-Beck from the Department of Foreign Affairs. “It demonstrates how efficient collaboration between the government and private persons can be.”