Close to 3 million Peruvians are still living without electricity, according to figures cited by EnDev – the project for Energy, Development, and Life.
Furthermore, nearly a third of the country’s population, EnDev said, still uses firewood for cooking, and nearly 500,000 families in rural areas depend on batteries, and candles for light.
The families, the group said, on average spend over 40 soles a month purchasing low quality sources of energy.
“[There is] a large part of the rural population which currently has no access to energy,” Ana Moreno, EnDev’s national coordinator, said according to RPP.
“[…] Almost 37 percent of the rural population use open fires for cooking, and use candles or lighters for light, emitting polluting smoke, and obviously increasing the amount of acute respiratory diseases,” she said.
The percentage of the country’s rural population with access to electricity has been on the rise since the 1990s, but there is still much to do.
According to a 1993 census, Moreno said, only 7.7 percent of the rural population had access to electricity that year. By 2007 this figure had grown to 29.5 percent, and the latest report by the Ministry of Energy and Mining shows that currently 63 percent have access to electricity.
“So, there has been progress, however there is a segment of the popultion that still does not have access, and it is necessary to look for solutions, technologies that fit, because generally they are the most remote, isolated populations,” Moreno said.
Close to 3 million Peruvians are still living with electricity, according to figures cited by EnDev – the project for Energy, Development, and Life.