Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens
According to Peru’s Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino, the program will allow 95 percent of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016.
The first part of the program aims to provide solar systems to 500,000 extremely poor households in areas that lack even basic access to the power grid.
Speaking to the Latin America Herald Tribune, Merino said: “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.”
Phase one began in early July when 1,601 solar panels were installed in Contumaza, a province in the northeastern region of Cajamarca.
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