For the past four days, our team has stayed at the lovely Huancano Yachaywasi. This eco-technology demonstration center developed by ProSynergy is three hours southwest of Lima, near Pisco, Peru. It is home to about 50 different agricultural and energy technologies, ranging from a hydraulic ram pump and aquaponic greenhouse to wind and solar energy devices. The Yachaywasi also has livestock and agricultural fields for production. The four well-furnished bungalows lining the outer wall of the Yachaywasi can host four overnight guests each.
Most days groups of 15-20 leaders from surrounding communities visit the Huancano Yachaywasi for a tour and demonstration of the technologies. As ProSynergy’s director Carlos likes to explain, the Yachaywasi is a place for people to dream. Here they are exposed to a variety of different ideas for economical, social, technological, and environmental development. Should they be interested in purchasing and installing one or more of the technologies, the Yachachiq (teacher in Quechua) can assist them in creating a family development plan or business plan and applying for a microfinance loan.
Our team assessed the potential for installing a hydropower site for demonstration. Across the street from the Yachaywasi, there is a man-made dirt channel running along the hillside. If DHE were to construct a hydropower site in Huancano, we would divert a portion of the flow from this channel into a settling tank at the top of hill before sending the water through the penstock to the kiosk at the bottom of the hill. However, one area of concern is that there is not a consistent flow rate in the channel. The municipality artificially creates periods of low and high flow in an eight-day cycle as part of an effort to conserve water. In our next blog post, we’ll dive into more specifics of our site surveying techniques.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Huancano. The food and hospitality has been incredible – a big shout out to our new friends Henry and Giovanny! We savored the taste of the fruits and vegetables grown at the Yachaywasi. Our stay would not have been complete without playing a game of pick-up soccer and befriending the guard dogs.
Now we will have a brief stop in Lima before visiting the second Yachaywasi in Pilpichaca.