A delegation from the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) recently visited El Salvador to learn about the benefits that the population will gain from access to electricity.
The government of President Nayib Bukele is driving the Universal Access to Energy Program in El Salvador, an initiative that aims to electrify 100% of Salvadoran households on a national scale.
In order to understand more about this program and the conditions of communities that currently lack access to electricity, a delegation from the BID visited the country.
The delegation was welcomed by representatives from the Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL) and the Electric Distributor Cuscatlán (DEC).
According to CEL, the BID’s visit involved updating the geospatial planning study for universal access, reviewing program samples, adjusting budgets, and measuring the positive impact on Salvadorans.
Together with CEL and DEC personnel, the delegation visited communities and schools in the San José Río Frío hamlet in San Vicente, as well as the La Tirana canton in Jiquilisco, Usulután. They assessed the benefits that residents would experience with access to electricity.
“Electricity is now a right for Salvadorans. We will not rest until every family has this service. We are committed to addressing this historical debt,” said Daniel Álvarez, the president of CEL.
The official emphasized that El Salvador is not only promoting clean and renewable energy but also working to provide electricity through this innovative program.
With the support of the BID, El Salvador’s Universal Access to Energy Program will make significant strides in ensuring that all Salvadoran households have access to electricity. This initiative represents a crucial step toward bridging the energy gap and improving the lives of Salvadorans, promoting development, and fostering economic opportunities for the country.