Peru: Providing Solar Power for 2 Million Poorest Citizens

Dec 26, 2014 | written by:


We love stories about solar power and energy saving, just like the report we shared about Australia having 1 in 5 households with some sort of solar energy. Well, now we have a new happy story to share about another nation stepping up for change. Peru has launched the The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program which is designed to provide 2 million people with solar energy. The task will not come quickly; it is expected to be finalized by 2016. The program already made some progress since its beginning in the summer of 2014.

However, Peru’s dedication to the cause is based on the fact that some family have such little resources that they are still using oil lamps or paying for fuels that harm their health. Peru overall, has 29.5 million inhabitants, making it the fifth most populous country in  South America. Out of these 29.5 million, only 66 percent have regular access to electricity. The goal is to provide at least 95 percent of the population with it.

This program is estimated to cost about 200 million dollars, which in the scheme of things and internationally considered, it does not sound too bad for providing roughly 500,000 households with such an important resource. We can’t help but imagine how empowering this must be for the communities of Peru and how more prosperous countries can follow suit!

Images by Practical Action and The Richard Fowler Show

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