About Sunco

Sunco offers electric energy solutions through solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for a broad range of clients. So far, it has completed a total of 4,813 installations, of which 2,500 are in off-grid regions  in Colombia, bringing energy to some of the most vulnerable communities across the country. Sunco’s most relevant product consists of the installation of Solar systems in schools, which, complemented with a set of digital products, are helping teachers improve their teaching process and closing the digital gap for  students, while also significantly improving the quality of life for the broader community.

Impact Measurement Study

Sunco Impact Performance Snapshot

Sunco overall performs above the 60 Decibels energy benchmark, especially on poverty reach.

Quality Of Life

85% reported that their quality of life has improved.

Top
Outcomes

83% of parents reported that the educational experience has improved thanks to Sunco's services.

4 of 5 school administrators say the ability to teach has improved.

52% of schools have moved up the energy ladder because of Sunco's service.

Other Insights

Impact Overview

Sunco offers electric energy solutions through solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for a broad range of clients. So far, it has completed a total of 4,813 installations, of which 2,500 are in off-grid regions  in Colombia, bringing energy to some of the most vulnerable communities across the country.

 

Sunco’s most relevant product consists of the installation of Solar systems in schools, which, complemented with a set of digital products, are helping teachers improve their teaching process and closing the digital gap for  students, while also significantly improving the quality of life for the broader community.

Methodology

The Lead Data project, conducted in partnership with 60 Decibels, focused on how SunColombia is impacting schools where it has completed installations.

 

Type 1 installations are solar panels only (‘aulas solares’). Type 2 installations are solar panels and other education-related tools (‘aulas solares interactivas y kioscos’).

Survey method: Phone

Country: Colombia

Sampling:
Random sample of 474 SunColombia schools.

Beneficiaries: 
151 school administrators, 152 parents of students

Average household
size:

5.7

Sunco's Beneficiary Demographics

Average Household income:

$84 USD

Nearly  4 in 5  children walk to school
Gender of students

Female

Male

52%

48%

“I can use more strategies and materials now, this helps me personally, to help me learn more and also to teach the students. I don’t have to only use books.”

The quality has improved, 100%. The access to permanent energy opens doors to other important services; in our case to the internet.

“I have a respiratory device that needs to be connected to energy. If there was no energy, I would be in a bad position.”

Gender of teachers

Female

Male

56%

44%

Beneficiary voices

Findings That Jumped Out:

93% of school administrators said they were accessing an offering like Sunco's for the first time, and 86% of that same group reported that they could not easily find a good alternative. 

Underserved communities

The parents surveyed had an average household size of nearly 6 people, an average monthly income of $84 USD (less than $3 USD / day), and nearly 4 in 5 children walked to school.

Benchmark comparison

Sunco overall performed above the 60 Decibels energy benchmarks in the Latin America region, especially on poverty reach.  

About 60 Decibels

This study was conducted in partnership with 60 Decibels, an impact measurement company that helps organizations around the world better understand their customers, suppliers, and beneficiaries. Its proprietary approach, Lean Data, brings customer centricity, speed and responsiveness to impact measurement.

To learn more, visit 60decibels.com.

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