Rural areas with solar energy

Renewables    Jun 2, 2021 10:28 PM

Valledupar is developing solar projects to transform the lives of families in rural areas.

Sunlight was converted into electricity to transform the lives of 2,300 inhabitants of rural areas of Valledupar, El Tiempo reported.

The city is developing photovoltaic energy projects in twelve villages, the first stage will benefit the villages of Mariangola, Aguas Blancas, Sabana Crespo, Villa Germania and Caracolí.

“This is a great step to strengthen the development of the most vulnerable communities and improve their quality of life. At the same time, we contribute to the preservation of the environment,” Mayor of Valledupar Mello Castro said.

The project represents an investment of CoP$9.6B financed through the General System of Royalties (SGR).

“These are clean energies that will change the lives of 508 households in rural areas, who will no longer have to use candles and lanterns for lighting,” Efraín Quintero Ternera, Valledupar’s Secretary of Public Works, said.

Each photovoltaic system consists of two 370Wp solar panels.

“This is not for the installation of small irrigation systems, it only covers basic home energy service needs as everyday household electrical items,” Quintero said.

Jorge Lara, President of the Junta de Acción Comunal de la vereda La Guitarra, said that this is a total change in the lives of the communities.

“We can connect our electrical appliances with this energy, which represents savings for all of us. It is the best thing that could have happened to us,” Lara highlighted.

Bottom-Line: Renewable energies are positioned as the main alternative to bring energy service to remote or difficult-to-access regions in the country.

This process will be fundamental to demonstrate the capacity to supply energy through unconventional renewable energy sources and then to initiate their massification process.

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