Energy Jul 8, 2021 5:32 PM
Quindío will become the first department in the country with 100% energy coverage.
This after the approval of an investment project by the Governor’s Office that provides coverage in non-interconnected areas, benefiting 90 families in the region, Valora Analitik reported.
Minister of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) Diego Mesa, said that new solar energy has been one of the main allies to bring energy to Colombians in remote areas.
“We celebrate that Quindío is the first department in the country that will be fully connected, which is possible thanks to the will of the departmental government and royalties from extractive activity in this territory,” Mesa highlighted.
This project represents investments of CoP$2.0B from the regional allocation of the General Royalties System (SGR), and will be developed in the municipalities of Salento, Génova, Pijao, Córdoba and Calarcá.
The new energy will be a reality thanks to the efforts of the local grid operator, Edeq, Mesa said.
Bottom-Line: This project demonstrates that royalty contributions are vital to promote renewable energies in the country.
Authorities must make an effort to control and monitor the development of this important project for Quindio, considering that royalty resources have been historically wasted.