This is the third time we’ve run the roleplay that Fran Talvera kindly wrote up and shared on rural electrification in Peru. Groups of up to 10 split into an NGO (3 people) and a remote community from the Puno region of the Peruvian Andes (up to 7 people). The NGO, SolarTech, have to persuade the community that the solar PV systems that they “need” their solar PV systems installed in their village.
However, each member of the community has a different opinion: for example the corrupt community leader doesn’t want the income they gain from their diesel generator to be compromised, whilst the young boy who has seen the bright lights of the city can’t wait for this modern technology to arrive in his village.
The session is always so easy to run as people really get into their characters and from my personal experience of rural electrification projects, quite accurately reflects the many different motivations of the multitude of stakeholders involved in any given project. All the materials for this session are available from the EWB-UK web site training resource area (listed as “Rural Electrification Roleplay”).
Thanks also to Jonny Gutteridge for opening the day, to Milan Delor for setting the scene with his excellent introduction to the problem of energy access, to Stephen Turner for telling us about his recent placement with SELCO in India, to Sashi Grodinski for sharing his work on biofuels, to Tom Dixon of V3 Power for leading a hands on practical wind turbine session and of course to to Sophie McPhilips for making it all happen!