Peru solar project hits permitting snag

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Peruvian environmental authorities have requested additional information regarding the 49MW Mariscal Nieto solar park planned for southern Moquegua region.

The US$47mn project belongs to Andina Energía Renovable, which has until May 11 to respond to 90 observations in the semi-detailed EIS, according to a resolution from the energy and mines ministry's (MEM) energy environmental affairs office.

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Mariscal Nieto would take a little over a year to build and connect to the national grid via a 138kV line.

In a related note, MEM announced the installation of rural photovoltaic systems in 3,196 homes across 168 communities in the provinces of Chumbivilcas, Paruro and Quispicanchis, in Cusco region, benefitting 12,782 residents.

The ministry's rural electrification office DGER financed 90% of the US$3.4mn project and Electro Sur Este the balance.

CREDIT: MEM

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Meanwhile, the country's culture ministry reported that 40 residents from the Quechua peoples, the Marcapata Collana, Sahuancay, Unión Araza Socapata rural communities and MEM representatives participated in the first intercultural dialogue session (pictured below) as part of the prior consultation process for planned hydroelectric plants on the Araza river in Cusco region.

CREDIT: Culture ministry

A new meeting is scheduled for early next month.

In its latest report, the ombudsman's office classified at least five social conflicts regarding hydroelectric projects as "active."

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