For each selection, please explain the financial and non-financial support from each
The main financial support was provided by the Embassy of Germany (USD 20,000), which allowed us to purchase solar collectors.
The Argentine Institute for Sustainable Development provided specialized human resources for the project coordination and performance.
The CBAS provided USD 5,000 for expenses concerning logistics, human resources and conditioning of houses selected (which were not prepared for the installation of solar panels). Moreover, it provided human resources that would be in charge of the social work within the neighborhood.
The Agency of Environmental Protection provided technical and human resources, as well as equipment and broadcasting materials. Furthermore, it supplied materials for conditioning houses and for installing solar collectors.
The Neighbors Association of the Los Piletones Neighborhood and the neighborhood’s Public Library worked on a voluntary basis by discussing problems and making decisions at key stages of the project (as the selection of beneficiary houses). This granted adequacy and legitimacy to its implementation.
How do you plan to grow and/or diversify your base of support in the next three years?
The current multisectoral partnership provides a great potential to develop this project in the future and to overcome difficulties. A broadcasting plan will be prepared so as to communicate, both at national and international levels, the existence of the project and the changes to the beneficiaries’ lives. This plan will provide the necessary publicity to reach new agents and industries which may collaborate in the diversification and extension of our bases of support.
Current trends show a growing willingness to purchase solar panels, which may make the technology market for renewable energy more dynamic. In this sense, the private sector may become, in the medium term, one of the most important pillars for the support of this project and of others related to social interests.
The inclusion of these technologies in governmental Housing Plans (for the city of Buenos Aires and other provinces) would promote a new concept of sustainable housing with beneficial economic, social and environmental impacts, which would also contribute to market acceleration.