Euro-Solar program for Peru’s rural communities
LIMA – Peru’s Minister of Mining and Energy (MINEM), Carlos Herrera Descalzi, and head of the European Union Delegation in Peru, ambassador Hans Alldén, will launch the Euro-Solar program on Friday.
The program has provided electricity and satellite internet to 130 rural communities in 10 regions throughout the country, according to El Peruano.
A satellite conference will be held to connect with communities in Alto Anapatí de Pangoa in Junín; El Muerto Olmos in Lambayeque; and Toranipata, a floating island of Uros, in Puno.
The infrastructure developed through the Euro-Solar program will be used for the conference, through renewable energy kits, powered by solar and wind energy.
According to the Rural Electricity General Directorate (DGER), who executed the project on the ground, 6.2 million euros were invested n the project. 4.9 million euros came from the EU and 1.3 million euros was invested by the Peruvian government.
The project is a joint effort by MINEM, the ministries of Education and Health, private companies and citizens.
Euro-Solar is a European Union initiative whose objective is to promote renewable energy as a tool to drive development in eight Latin American countries.