Peru Gives Free Solar Power To Its Poor Residents

Peru has announced a program that will give more than 2 million of its poorest residents electricity for free.

Free solar power for poor residents

‘The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program’ started on July 8, when 1,601 solar systems were installed in the Contumaza province of the country, according to CleanTechnica.com reports.

Those solar panels, part of the program’s first move, will reportedly power 126 poor communities.

Jorge Merino, Energy and Mining Minister, said that the entire program will allow 95% of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016.

Program to stop using oil lamps

That will be achieved by installing a planned 12,500 solar (photovoltaic) panels, reaching approximately 500,000 households, PlanetSave.com reported.

For now, only around 66% of Peru’s population has access to electricity.

The entire program will cost around $200 million.

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