Energy for indigenous families

Renewables    Mar 23, 2021 4:22 PM

Director of the Institute for Planning and Promotion of Energy Solutions for Non-Interconnected Zones (IPSE), José Insuasti, inaugurated an energy project in the department of Guania.

The project will provide energy service to 624 families in the indigenous towns of Remanso, Chorrobocón, Caranacoa, Laguna Colorada and Pueblo Nuevo, Portafolio said.

“The project marks a milestone in the region, since it improves the quality of life for 624 families from indigenous communities, who will go from having 5 hours of energy a day to 24 hours. With these projects, the government and the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) ratify their commitment to closing inequality gaps in Guainía,” Insuasti said.

The project represented an investment of more than CoP$11.5B and consists of a hybrid system with 1,300 solar panels and diesel support plants.

“This project will benefit more than 1,000 people,” Insuasti said.

The useful life of this project is around 25 years for the solar park and 10 years for the batteries.

The department of Guainía has 69% energy coverage and more than 3,700 homes still do not have electric power.

Bottom-Line: Renewable energies are the main, often only, alternative to supply energy to Non-Interconnected Zones (ZNI).

There is still a lot of room to grow on this issue, and it seems like these energy sources are on the right track to bring energy to more Colombians.


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