Rural electricity growth

Energy    Nov 18, 2021 7:49 PM

Non-Interconnected Zones (ZNI) are beginning to enjoy electricity service thanks to renewable energy and grid connections.

The ZNI correspond to 53% of the national territory, and about 62,000 families in these regions enjoy electricity, Portafolio reported.

The total number of households enjoying electrical service are 223,000 people, who are located in four ZNI departments (Amazonas, Vichada, Vaupés and San Andrés y Providencia), 14 ZNI departments + National Interconnected System (SIN), and 76 ZNI municipalities.

“Almost CoP$1T has been invested to bring electricity to 21,000 families with photovoltaic solutions and 41,000 through the grid. An additional CoP$1T is ready to continue with the energization program,” José David Insuasti, Director General of the Energy Solutions Planning Institute for Non-Interconnected Zones (IPSE), said.

IPSE has served 228,908 users in the ZNI, of which 203,626 have centralized solutions and 25,279 have individual solar photovoltaic solutions.

“We are committed to transforming the lives of Colombian families through electric power. Now, these families will have in their homes an environmentally friendly energy that will allow them to improve their quality of life in a comprehensive manner, contributing to the development and closing of gaps in the regions,” Vice Minister of Energy Miguel Lotero said.

The goal for the current four-year term is to bring electricity to 100,000 homes located in ZNI.

Bottom-Line: Renewable energies are the main alternative to bring energy to families located in remote areas of the country, and the government is making a great effort to achieve this.

This process will be fundamental to show that these new energy sources are reliable and can be an important backup for the country’s energy system.

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