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Peru Lights the Way

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Peru is harnessing the power of the sun to provide two million of its poorest citizens with electricity, free of charge. The project started as a pilot in the northeastern part of the country. The plan is to have 95% of the population hooked up with solar power by the end of 2016. Jorge Merino, the Energy and Mining Minister who is responsible for the initiative says it’s not just about electricity, it’s also concern for the welfare of Peruvians. The people they are targeting still use oil lamps and that fuel not only takes up meagre resources, but it can also be damaging to their health. Read more at inhabitat.

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