The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Secretaria de Recursos Naturales y Ambiente (SERNA) recently signed an agreement to prepare a rural energy policy for Honduras. The agreement focuses on capacity building, information dissemination and implementation of demonstration projects.TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – May 29, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] As part of a FAO/SERNA joint project on the “Development of small-scale hydropower technology in Honduras” both institutions are currently involved in the development of two micro-hydro projects (smaller than 5 kW) for community electrification in remote areas. Both projects are at various stages of site assessment, system design, or completed design/budget. In addition, two other community micro-hydro projects for battery charging and integrated in irrigation systems, are being validated in the department of Lempira, where one of FAO’s field projects on rural development operates. FAO recently also signed an agreement with the Programa Hondureno de Educación Comunitario (PROHECO) to supply electricity to six schools in remote areas of Lempira with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Provided with small PV systems, these schools also can be used for adult education in the evening, community center, meetings etc. Two of these schools will be equipped with computers facilitating access to information via educational CDs.