Colombia pushing green energy for rural waterworks

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Colombia's housing ministry Minvivienda and the energy planning solutions institute Ipse signed an agreement to promote alternative means of supplying water through technology.

Both entities cited as an example a project in northeastern La Guajira department, where solar and wind-powered equipment will be used to ensure water supply. The photovoltaic solution is based on a system of solar-powered pumps that extract underground water.

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Ipse said it is committed to providing technical support to renewable energy solutions being considered for water supply systems in the department's rural areas.

Minvivienda minister Luis Felipe Henao Cardona said that renewable energies can help bring potable water services to municipalities that lack energy interconnection infrastructure.