Peru has set a target of 100% rural electrification by 2021, requiring new transmission lines, rural systems and solar PV modules.
Head of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), Cayetana Aljovín, ratified the electrification commitment of the government of president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, at the 6th International Energy Day Congress.
Aljovín said: "The estimated investment to completely close the electrification gap in Peru is [US$1.048 billion] and it will benefit 2.9 million Peruvians."
The minister noted the development of several transmission projects: The Aguaitía to Pucallpa line on which work will start soon; The Mantaro to Nueva Yanango to Carapongo line to be awarded in October; and the Tintaya to Azángaro transmission line to be awarded in November.
These lines will require more than US$570 million investment.
Aljovín also noted the imminent arrival of natural gas power for multiple departments in Peru.
In June, MEM announced that it had installed 6,000 solar panels in isolated rural areas since March this year under an investment agreement with local power firm Ergon Peru SAC.