More than simply ‘off-grid,’ a pilot project, part of a program to provide a series waterborne telecommunications, health-care and business centres that will travel rivers within Peru to remote villages has received a donation of an 11 kilowatt PV system from SolarWorld. Film Star Geraldine Chaplin is working to help coordinate the donation.
The Peruvian government plans to build a series of boats in concert with the National University of Engineering and the National Institute of Research and Training in Telecommunication that will operate along routes covering all nine rivers in Peru, including the Amazon. The project is expected to begin in 2013.
SolarWorld noted that it had operated in Latin America since the early 1980’s and had worked with Peru-based distributor/installer, CIME Comercial for 17-years. CIME is said to working on the pilot project.
“This initiative will improve the quality of living and working in the Peruvian Amazon – without destroying habitat building additional land access – by tapping clean energy from the sunlight that is so abundant in that region,” Chaplin said. “I am deeply gratified to help SolarWorld foster this unique project and contribute to a region that I have come to know – and love – so well. We must think and give creatively to take care of this world treasure – the Amazon Rainforest – as well as its people.”