4.3.3 Electricity

The goal of many LCCD programs is to provide computers in rural areas. The main factor affecting this is the availability of electricity. For example, Brazil’s ProInfo project established specific pre-qualification criteria for schools interested in obtaining computers. One of those prerequisites was the existence of electricity (see table below). Governments can install electricity in rural areas that are targeted for LCCD programs. However, the costs can be high, particularly if the area is a long distance from the electricity grid. Other options include providing stand-alone solutions, such as diesel-powered generators or solar energy. Another consideration for areas with a lack of electricity is the type of LCCD selected. Some offer a number of off-grid and human-powered solutions for charging the battery.

Table 4-1: School Selection Criteria for Brazilian ProInfo Project

Rural

Urban

Type of school

Elementary

Elementary

Number of students

>50

>100

Electricity

Yes

Yes

Informatic lab

No

No

Source: http://portal.mec.gov.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=236&Itemid=471

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