Achieve Argentina 's vision for solar energy with d.light #article

 

 

Achieve Argentina 's vision for solar energy with d.light #article

Arriving in the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires, you'll probably first notice its shady, paved streets lined with bookstores, cafes and even speakeasies. Explore a bit to experience the bustling Microcentro, the city's financial center, and you'll realize why Argentina is considered in terms of economic development at the forefront of South America.

Top-notch wineries in Mendoza, ski chalets in Patagonia, and a host of cities, like Rosario and Mar de Plata, are just a short flight or overnight bus from Buenos Aires, as beautiful and culturally rich as the capital city itself. Rural development has not, like many countries in the world, kept pace with urban progress.

When the sun sets, a majority of the population still lives in darkness, as they lack access to electricity. After dark, children do not do their homework, all economic activities cease until the sun sets, and people without TVs, radios, or the internet remain uninformed about the outside world.

Achieve Argentina 's vision for solar energy with d.light #article

However, unlike many other countries, Argentina has pledged to bridge this energy divide, as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs). In order to meet SDG 7, Argentina strives to ensure access to accessible, secure, safe and modern electricity for 100 percent of its population. The route Argentina has taken to achieve this is unique. Argentina is equipping the last remaining off-grid households with solar home systems and mobile charging solar lanterns in collaboration with the World Bank, d.light, and a host of local businesses to provide clean , reliable electricity at a fraction of the cost of grid extension.

On their day, solar energy efficiently provides families with a five-hour extension, additional time to socialize, work, or study inside a brightly lit home, at no financial cost. Radios and mobile telephones, which in recent years have become a necessity for modern life, open the door to enhanced financial management, schooling and job opportunities.

Through a carefully designed, World Bank-supported public tender, d.light was selected to provide solar home kits to 120,000 households across 13 provinces in rural Argentina, in partnership with PERMER and Solartec, S.A., d.light 's local implementation partner. Since then, d.light has leveraged its decade-long experience of providing off-grid solar solutions across 70 nations to create a new PERMER solar home system, the X732, which features a high-efficiency 25W solar panel and a Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LiFePo4) central power unit to provide families with enough power to light their homes and charge multiple mobile devices.

Two mobile charging solar lanterns and a rechargeable radio are also included, which early users report to be critical in helping them with their fieldwork. Beneficiaries of the project can now choose when to start and end their days. These communities harness it, rather than having their lives dictated by the sun.

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