Renewable Energy for Rural Colombia: A USAID Clean Energy Project is Bringing Light and Economic Opportunity to Off-grid Communities
- Jose Eddy Torres et al.
- March 14, 2014
- USAID Frontline
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In this article, Tetra Tech’s Jose Eddy Torres and his coauthors use real community examples to illustrate the benefits of U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Colombia Clean Energy Program (CCEP). CCEP, USAID/Colombia’s flagship clean energy activity, is helping Colombia achieve its goal of providing 30 percent of off-grid power through renewable sources by 2020. The program is increasing access to renewable energy sources and energy-efficient practices through a combination of project development support, technical assistance, and the development of a financial enabling environment to promote investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
CCEP includes a focus on investment in community-scale renewables and energy efficiency, some of which are discussed in the article. The full article is available in USAID’s Frontlines.