Peru to Provide Free solar power to million of its poorest residents who still use oil lamps.

“The National photovoltaic Household Electrification Project” is one of Peru’s most talked projects which aims to provide free electricity to 2 million of its poorest residents who still use oil lamps.

At a cost of $200 million, the project aims to power up 500,000 households with 12,500 solar panels and provide 95% of Peru with electricity by 2016. Altogether 1,601 solar panels has been installed already in 126 impoverished communities in the districts of Cupisnique, San Benito, Tantarica, Chilete, Yonan, San Luis, and Contai.

“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,”  said Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino.

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