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Local solar energy making a huge difference in rural Argentina

In Renewable Energy in Rural Markets Project (PERMER)’s proposed scheme, photovoltaic or wind system are installed
for the user, who then pays for its operation and maintenance
dependent on their means.

 ”People have adapted well to technology and began to ask for solar panels instead of electricity lines,” 

there [ the province of Entre Riosall]  the rural schools and nearly 2,000 homes have solar panels.The impact is rewarding.

solar-Argentina

Renewable energy brings power to the rural corners of Argentina
http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/renewable-energy-brings-power-to-the-rural-20130208
  Cooking, heating water, or the house during
winter, reading, listening to the radio, charging your phone, using
the computer, watching TV — most people take these activities for
granted in the 21st century, but for thousands of inhabitants in
Argentina’s remote rural communities without electricity it is a
challenge. Nearly 150,000 homes still do not have this basic service,
most of them in the northern part of the country.

Since 1999, the Renewable Energy in Rural Markets Project (PERMER) has
aimed to put an end to this situation. Supported by the World Bank and
the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the initiative connects homes
and schools to clean energy sources such as solar panels and
windmills.

So far, around 25,000 residential customers and nearly 2,000 schools
have been reached, and 300 solar thermal stoves, furnaces and water
heaters have been installed. Also 2,000 users in small, isolated
communities have benefited from small power systems (generation and
distribution networks). The project has also included almost 400
public buildings, such as health centers, community centers, as well
as Gendarmerie (Police force) and National Parks Administration’s
stations.

In PERMER’s proposed scheme, photovoltaic or wind system are installed
for the user, who then pays for its operation and maintenance
dependent on their means.

“The project ensures that someone is responsible for the proper
functioning of the systems at the provincial level, which allows it to
be sustainable in the long term,” said Lucia Spinelli, Manager of
PERMER on behalf of the World Bank.

Many rural Argentineans in 19 provinces found their quality of life
improved through access to electricity.

“In the Impenetrable Chaco, the population is very spread out and so
solar panels have had a significant impact, as they have managed to
supply 14% of users,” said Raul Garcia, an Official in the Secretariat
of Energy for the Province of Chaco who has been participating in
PERMER over the last 12 years.

With an area spanning 12,000 square km of islands, the province of
Entre Rios was an ideal candidate to join the initiative. It did so in
2010 and since then, two schools and 850 rural households have
received photovoltaic systems.

“The children of fishermen can now go to school twice a week and do
chores at home, it is not necessary to travel several miles to buy
kerosene and it is much easier to charge mobile phones,” said Alberto
Alcain, Alternative Energies Coordinator in Entre Rios.

“People have adapted well to technology and began to ask for solar
panels instead of electricity lines,” asserted Graciela Pedro, who’s
in charge of the Alternative Energies office at the Energy Agency of
Neuquén.

There, all the rural schools and nearly 2,000 homes have solar panels.
“The impact is rewarding. Families have more hours in the day to do
their activities, such as women weaving and other crafts,” Pedro
added.

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February 9, 2013 - Posted by | decentralised, SOUTH AMERICA

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  1. [...] also growing in many less powerful countries, especially in the use of small-scale power.   http://nuclear-news.net/2013/02/09/local-solar-energy-making-a-huge-difference-in-rural-argentina/ [...]

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