The IDB Group’s innovation lab, IDB Lab @el_bid supports the first community in poverty that will operate with photovoltaic energy: “Nature Village”, project that was born as an innovation of the Dominican nature power foundation Foundation and that will, for the first time, bring access to water, energy, improvements in housing and basic sanitation and will develop entrepreneurship opportunities families of Sabana Yegua Viejo, located in the south of the Republic Dominican Republic, in Azua province.
The Project entitled “Nature Village: Innovation and Clean Technologies for Sustainable Rural Development”, will be co-financed by the IDB Lab, through non-reimbursable technical cooperation, with an investment of about one million dollars; this one-of-a-kind project seeks, on a par, to close gaps in development in the provision of basic services, and develop a open data platform you’ll use, the Internet of Things (IoT).
From similarly, through sensors, it will provide key data and information for correlate socioeconomic, demographic, image and map indicators, which will make it possible to graph the complete model of intervention, make comparisons -before and after-, and create scenarios for the future. This will allow you to focus and efficient public and private investment in rural communities through consumption data and behaviour changes that occur in the Platform.
During the signing act, Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the IDB, valued positively project and congratulated the Nature Power Foundation team. “I see in this alliance the ability to replicate projects like this in more remote communities not only in the Dominican Republic, but also in Haiti, thanks to the solar energy costs have fallen and can become sources as a basic energy load,” Moreno said. Laura Rojas, executive director of the Nature Power Foundation, expressed deep appreciation IDB Lab for the opportunity to conduct this technical cooperation. “Thank you for believing in our foundation to develop sustainable projects, which are ultimately aimed at improving the conditions of people’s lives and, thanks to the sun we enjoy in our country, we can continue to positively impact many more lives,” he said.