In Peru approximately 23% of the population, or nearly 6.5 million people, do not have access to electricity (MEM, 2008). The majority of these people live in rural areas, where the percentage is closer to 67%. In rural communities, families without access to electricity spend from $5-25 US dollars a month on candles, kerosene and/or diesel generators. Considering that the annual monthly income hovers around $200 US dollars, energy is a significant investment for any family. Having access to electricity can help communities improve the level of education, health, and economic opportunities. As in many developing countries, technology and energy can make all the difference in the quality of life.