Green energy for rural Argentina

Thousands of people in Argentina’s remote towns will have access to green energy, thanks to new funding. The World Bank has approved grants totalling $200 million (£133.6m) for projects which […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Thousands of people in Argentina’s remote towns will have access to green energy, thanks to new funding.

The World Bank has approved grants totalling $200 million (£133.6m) for projects which are focused on expanding access to renewable energy among isolated rural populations.

They are part of the Renewable Energy for Rural Markets Project (PERMER in Spanish), which has provided alternative energy to 150,000 people in 15 provinces of the country.

The expansion of the programme is now expected to reach 725,000 more people through the installation of solar panels, wind systems as well as solar water heaters and stoves.

Argentina’s Energy Secretary Mariana Matranga said: “This programme represents a successful social inclusion tool for those populations located in isolated areas or areas far removed from transportation and electricity networks, where market rules often dictate the convenience, or not, of connecting them to the electricity network.

“PERMER provides special attention to historically disadvantaged groups, giving them access to energy and providing a better quality of life.”