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Peru To Provide Free Solar Power To 2 Million Of Its Poorest Residents

Solar power in Peru

Peru has initiated a new solar panel program that will provide electricity to more than 2 million of its poorest residents, Don Lieber over at Planetsave has reported.

Currently, only 66% of Peru’s 24 million people has access to electricity, according to the country’s Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino. By 2016, the plan is to provide electricity to 95% of residents through The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program.

“This program is aimed at the poorest people, those who lack access to electric lighting and still use oil lamps, spending their own resources to pay for fuels that harm their health,” he said.

The first phase will install 1,601 solar panels in the Contumaza province, enough to power 126 communities throughout Cupisnique, San Benito, Chilete, Tantarica, Yonan, San Luis, and Contai. The second phase of the project will involve 12,500 PV systems to provide 500,000 households, about 2 million people, with free electricity. The overall cost will be around $200 million.

Peru has incredible access to sunlight, so this is the perfect way to take advantage of natural resources while providing a valuable service to residents of all income levels. Makes you wonder why more countries can’t do the same, doesn’t it?

Image CC licensed by Julia Manzerova: Solar panels in Peru.
Via Inhabitat via Planetsave

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  • Anonymous

    Another thing they can do to give light inside the homes is to use old pop bottles in the roofs to convey the sunlight into the interior of the homes.

  • http://www.bennu-solar.com/ Yotam Ariel

    Here is a comment from Julio (expert in Peru rural electrification – http://www.linkedin.com/in/julioev):

    “The new is clearly incorrect. The electricity will not be free, at least as was commented until now by the energy administration( MINEM). They are planning to install 500.000 SHS before 2016, but this seems to be impossible, because they had no identified the villages and they have no good updated information.

    But their intention is to ask for monthly quotations to the private companies, to invest, maintain , replace and operate a certain quantity of SHS ( more than 10.000 each time)in one area. They will give a concession for a certain zone to the most competitive offer. And they pretend to open this competition in a very short time. The users will pay part and the most will be paid by subsidies.

    In my opinion this is not a good approach, and I´ll wonder if any private company will send a quotation, or will be very high because of the unknown risks because the companies have no experience to do business with this rural isolated communities. But,…we will see.”

    “In any case the electricity will be subsidize, but no free. On the other hand the photo is an example of what not to do, and is not the case of Perú.”

  • http://www.bennu-solar.com/ Yotam Ariel

    Indeed, though it only helps during the day, and it doesn’t charge mobile phones, or power a TV (all high on demand by rural poor, and are address by low-cost solar PV solutions)

  • http://www.bennu-solar.com/ Yotam Ariel
  • Don Lieber

    Mandy Adwell/9 Billion: Good story, and I’m flattered you took it. And, while its more important to spread the conversation about energy sources in the age of 400+ CO2 ppm — wouldn’t simply be appropriate to also credit the actual author of this – or at least provide a link to the original (cut and pasted nearly 100%)? Cheers all the same.

  • http://www.the9billion.com/ John Johnston

    Sorry Don, we’ve added the appropriate credit up front to you and your post. That was an editorial oversight, done more out of haste than anything purposeful. Thanks for understanding. Yes, it’s a great thing that’s happening in Peru with solar. As you say, at over 400ppm CO2 now, the more solar power in the world the better!

  • Erica

    What if it rains? This is far better, more thoughtful approach… just my opinion.

  • виктор родин

    Guide Peru.

    I congratulate the leadership
    of Peru with excellent care about poor people.

    As a gesture of good will, I
    give you a simple one technology to produce fresh water.

    What are the sources of the
    rivers? It is usually run-off from the mountain streams of water, pierced of
    the gorge. Building on the path of the water flow between the two mountains ten
    concrete or plastic tubs at a height of 10 meters. We get an inclined ladder
    height of 100 meters. From the tenth bath water is poured into the ninth – 90
    meters from the ninth – in the eighth, and so on to the bottom. At the bottom
    of the lake dug chilled water storage area of ​​3-4 square meters. km, it can
    be more. Here, the main worker of the air. We know the growth height of one km,
    provides cooling of 6.7 degrees. That is, the water in the tenth bath cooled
    0.67 degrees, at the bottom – to 0.067, and the average – at 0.335. A lot or a
    little? The annual increase in the temperature of the planet is 0.05 degrees.
    Divide 0,335 by 0.05 and get the cooling lake of 6.7 times or by 670%.

    The results:

    First. The lake is an
    accumulation of crystal clear water where you can drink for children and
    pregnant women, and surplus to sell and earn income.

    Second. Chilled water from the
    lake gradually cools the water in the river, percolates down and cools the
    water in the surface and underground waters. Cooling reduces the volatility of
    all types of water resources, the accumulation of water and improve its quality
    due to dilution.

    The third. Accumulation of
    water in rivers, reservoirs above and below ground, the increase of productive
    land, pastures and forests. And the creation of new jobs.

    And a fourth. Received a
    standing simple actions and penny cost technology that will work without
    consuming any energy resources to 1,000 years – the life of concrete in an
    inactive environment.

    In the case of Peru, the
    authorities’ decision on the restoration of rivers and water production is ten
    times more, I’ll do that.

    Sincerely, a developer of
    environmental programs, Victor Rodin. 30100, Ukraine, Khmelnytsky region.
    Neteshin (Khmelnitsky NPP). Tel. Kiev Star: 961336344. Internet address:
    rodin.vik@yandex.ua; dorosydos@gmail.com. Skype – kuzmitch36.

  • виктор родин

    Руководству Перу.

    Поздравляю руководство Перу с отличной заботой о
    бедных людях.

    В качеств жеста доброй воли, я даю Вам одну
    простенькую технологию производства пресной воды.

    Что такое истоки рек? Это, как правило,
    стекание с гор потоков воды, в пробитом ими ущелье. Строим на пути движения
    водного потока между двух гор десять бетонных, или пластмассовых ванн высотой
    по 10 метров. Получаем наклонную лестницу высотой 100 метров. Из десятой ванны
    вода переливается в девятую – 90 метров, из девятой – в восьмую, и так до низа.
    Внизу выкапывается озеро-накопитель охлаждённой воды площадью 3-4 кв. км, можно
    и больше. Здесь основной работник воздух. Знаем, прирост высоты на один км, даёт
    охлаждение на 6,7 градуса. То есть, вода в десятой ванне охлаждается на 0,67
    градуса, в нижней – на 0,067, а средняя – на 0,335. Много это или мало?
    Ежегодный прирост температуры планеты составляет 0,05 градуса. Делим 0,335 на
    0,05 и получаем охлаждение озера в 6,7 раза, или на 670%.


    Первый. В озере происходит накопление
    кристально чистой воды, которой можно поить детей и беременных женщин, а
    излишки продать и получить доход.

    Второй. Охлаждённая вода из озера
    постепенно охлаждает воду в реке, просачивается вниз и охлаждает воду в
    наземных и подземных водоёмах. Охлаждение приводит к уменьшению испаряемости
    всех видов водных ресурсов, накоплению воды и улучшению её качества за счёт

    Третий. Накопление воды в реках, наземных и
    подземных водоёмах, увеличение продуктивных земель, пастбищ и лесов. И образование
    новых рабочих мест.

    И четвёртый. Получили постоянно простейшую
    действующую и копеечную по затратам технологию, которая будет работать не
    потребляя никаких топливно-энергетических ресурсов до 1000 лет – срок жизни
    бетона в неактивной среде.

    В случае решения властей Перу о
    восстановлении всех рек, и производства пресной воды в десятки раз большей, я
    приеду и сделаю.

    С уважением,
    разработчик экологических программ, Виктор Родин. 30100, Украина, Хмельницкая
    обл. г. Нетешин, (Хмельницкая АЭС). Тел. Киев-Стар: 961336344. Адреса В
    Интернете: rodin.vik@yandex.ua; dorosydos@gmail.com. Скайп –