February 6 (Renewables Now) - The Brazilian government launched on Wednesday a new programme with the goal of supplying solar energy to 70,000 families that live in remote areas of the Legal Amazon region.
The Mais Luz para a Amazonia programme will install photovoltaic (PV) panels in low income communities that do not have access to the electricity network. Nine states make up the Legal Amazon region -- Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Para, Rondonia, Tocantins and Maranhao.
The construction of hospitals, schools and other public facilities will now be possible due to the availability of solar electricity. The people living in such regions will also have the opportunity to develop other activities beyond fishing, flour production and the extraction of nuts and fruits from the Amazon Forest.
In the environmental sphere, this initiative will reduce the region's fossil fuel consumption, improve the lives of traditional local communities, help with environmental preservation and contribute to the fulfilment of Brazil's commitments in the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, the government noted.