Decentralized Electricity for Universal Access in Bolivia

After initial delays associated with political changes and institutional challenges, the project closed very strongly in 2013, exceeding its original targets. A successful bidding process succeeded in achieving a lower subsidy level per unit, making possible the installation of a larger number of SHS and Pico-PV systems than planned. Among the results: 

  1. Installation of 7,700 SHSs for dispersed, low-income, rural households, schools, clinics, and micro- and small enterprises (including 126 systems for public buildings not initially included in the project design).\
  2. Distribution of 5,705 Pico-PV systems for lighting and basic communication services for the poorest households.
  3. Consolidation of output-based service contracts between government and private sector service providers as a mechanism for electrification of poor, dispersed households under the new universal access policy; the project involved eleven contracts (eight for SHSs, two for Pico-PV systems, and one for public schools) with two service providers who are now well established in rural areas and in a position to continue providing their service.