Guatemala’s new rural electrification plan advocates use of renewable energy

Guatemala’s Ministry of Energy and Mines has published its new new ‘Policy for Rural Electrification 2019-2032’, which sees the country increase its use of clean and renewable energy sources to provide electricity to inhabitants currently unable to access it.

Whilst 92.2% of the the Guatemalan population has access to electricity, 1.5 million inhabitants in the country rely on non-sustainable sources of energy, such as firewood.

Through this new policy plan, the legal framework to allow for the integration of rural electrification and alternative energy projects would be improved.

Alternative sources of energy would include solar PV systems, wind power, small hydroelectric plants, and hybrid power plants.

Guatemala’s goals include providing its inhabitants universal access to reliable and modern energy services by 203.