Entirely Solar-powered Village In Argentina – Switching From Darkness To Light

At high altitude, there is almost nothing to prevent sunlight from reaching the surface of the earth. Therefore, the relentless sunlight is an extraordinary source of energy. This is really the situation of San Francisco village which is located in the Puna region in Argentina. The village located at 3800 meters altitude in the municipality of Santa Catalina and its total population has reached 54. 

Lack of having access to electricity is probably caused to increase immigration from the village to the nearby cities.  Celia Vilte, a teacher from San Francisco says, “On moonless nights it was very difficult to walk around this village”.

But since October, thanks to 40 solar panels & lithium batteries equipped with solar-powered LED Street lighting, it has now switched from darkness to light. The solar cells & battery is the only source of electricity in the village.

According to IPS News, along with the solar power system, there are two communal solar cookers which villagers use mainly to heat water. These cookers are consisting of concave plates with a support to hold pots & are moved by people to point to the sun direction. Otherwise, most households continue to cook with wood from local shrubs, which is consumed quickly.

The provincial government plans to expand the solar projects in the region in the near future. it might make the people go back to their place of birth.

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