We are an innovation platform that aims to develop sustainable solutions for the supply of energy in refugee camps


The first project focused on the extension of the electricity grid in Adi-Harush (Shire, Ethiopia), connection to communal services and installation of public street lighting

2018 / 2021 Shaping new solutions


In this second phase the project will be extended to four refugee camps
and their respective host communities, by enhancing local capacity and improving access to basic services

Our goals

Distributing solar home systems
Creating businesses based on solar technology
Creating livelihood opportunities
Co-designing together with stakeholders, refugees and host communities

2014 / 2017 Taking on the challenges


Our achivements

5 km

Street Lighting


Theoretical and practical training in electric grid management and street lighting installation


LED Lighting Points


Installation of protections (Communal kitchens, Market Places, Primary Schools, Health Centre, Training Centre…)

How we work

We work in coordination with target groups and end users. The solutions we develop are freely shared and available to humanitarian agencies.

Our challenges

Working in multi -disciplinary teams, we combine expertise and resources in the search for solutions to the lack of access to energy.

Contributing to SDGs

Our work is based on the Sustainable Development Goals , especially number 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Formed in 2014 “Alianza Shire. Energy Access to Refugees and Host Communities” is a partnership designed as an innovation platform to develop solutions for improving energy supply services and quality of life in refugee camps.

The members of Alianza Shire are three leading Spanish companies in the renewable energy and lighting sector -Iberdrola, Signify (previously Philips Lighting) and ACCIONA Microenergía Foundation-, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre (itdUPM) at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

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