30 Jul '13, 1pm

Peru Pursues Solar for the Masses

Peru may be best known for Machu Picchu and other Incan and Aztec treasures, but the nation is looking to its future with new plans to use solar to provide electricity for about 2 million of its poorest residents by the end of 2016. Considering that Peru is the third largest county in South America and has a population of 24 million that’s bringing solar power to roughly 10 percent of its population. The country, which is the world’s second largest exporter of copper, is experiencing strong demand for new electric generation to support its mining and other operations. As such, it needs to add 500 megawatts of new electric generation annually for the next few years. In all it plans to add in 2.1 gigawatts of new electric generation. The solar being installed will only be a part of the larger target, which includes hydro-electric and gas-fired electric generating power plant...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/07...

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