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Nicaragua registers important advances in electricity coverage

Managua, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua today recorded significant progress in electricity coverage with 99.37 percent of electrification nationwide at the end of October, which benefits thousands of families who enjoy this service.

According to the digital bulletin Informe Pastrán, which quotes a recent press release from the Ministry of Energy and Mining (MEM), 22 projects were inaugurated here in October, serving 31,820 inhabitants of 6,094 thousand homes.

In addition, 84.61 kilometers of distribution networks were built, for an investment of more than 165 million córdobas (more than 4,520,000 US dollars).

According to the sector’s authorities, this year’s goal is to close with 99.4 percent electricity coverage, reaching more than 1,280,000 homes, which would benefit more than 3,686,000 inhabitants in the country’s 153 municipalities.

The MEM report highlighted the work being carried out in Nicaragua with the implementation of renewable energy sources (60.43% up to October).

That percentage was contributed by solar energy (0.41); hydroelectric (7.55); geothermal (13.40); biomass (11.60); wind (12.58); thermal (39.57), while imported energy represented 14.88 percent.

Before the return to power of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional government in 2006, electricity coverage covered only 54 percent of the Nicaraguan population.


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