On Monday President Ollanta Humala inaugurated new photovoltaic power plants in southern Peru, state news agency Andina reported.
According to Humala, the new power plants mean that energy produced by Peru’s solar panels now exceed 100 megawatts, making it the top solar producing country in South America.
"[The country in second place produces] as little as 18 or 19 megawatts,” Humala said during the opening of a new solar power plant in the province of Alto de Alianza, in the region of Tacna.
Humala said the new solar plant would improve the country and region’s energy security.
The new power plant, the president said, would be able to provide half of Tacna’s energy demands, and help prevent blackouts in the region.
Humala also inaugurated a new solar power plant in Moqeugua. The plant, which is operated by. Panamericana Solar 20 TS SAC, covers 123 hectares, and is expected to generate 50,676 MW/h per year, Andina reported.