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The goal that the government has set is to cover 100% of rural electrification by 2021 and on that road it remains firm. Precisely, during 2018, the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), through its General Directorate of Rural Electrification (DGER), completed 14 rural electrification works that made it possible to cover the needs of 242 localities with a beneficiary population of 24,000 inhabitants. the regions of Amazonas, Ancash, Apurímac, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, Loreto, Puno and Ucayali.
In order to electrify the entire country, renewable energies play an important role in reaching hard-to-reach areas. In this regard, the DGER reported that, as part of the Photovoltaic Massive Program I Stage, contracted with the company Ergon Peru, from August 2016 to November 2018 were able to install 95 thousand photovoltaic systems (solar panels), which benefit the same number household.
The installation of these panels has directly benefited 194,038 inhabitants of the regions of Amazonas, Apurímac, Arequipa, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huancavelica, Huánuco, Junín, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Pasco, Piura, Puno, San Martin and Ucayali.
At the end of last year, the portfolio led by Minister Francisco Ísmodes Mezzano has a total of 56 works of rural electrification in current execution, which will allow its conclusion to bring electricity to more than 286 thousand inhabitants from different areas far from our country.
The DGER has the competence in the field of rural electrification in accordance with Law N ° 28749 - General Law of Rural Electrification, in the expansion of the electric frontier, in coordination with the Regional and Local Governments, and public and private entities, allowing the access to the electricity supply of the villages of the interior of the country as a means to contribute to their socio-economic development and improve the quality of life of their inhabitants.
The Minister of Energy and Mines, Francisco Ísmodes, has indicated that "it is not possible" that some populations do not have electricity service in the country and therefore their management works intensively to close that gap definitively in 2021, the Bicentennial year of our Independence.
This Ministry of Energy and Mines release was published using an automatic translation system.