USAID and NREL are supporting Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines to understand the business case for distributed PV across Peru under the current regulatory framework.

In partnership with USAID and the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM), NREL incorporated Peru specific data into the Renewable Energy Data Explorer tool. This interactive mapping tool contains high resolution data for solar and wind resources and analysis tools that will enable MINEM officials to accurately represent Peru’s renewable energy potential in future power sector development policies and renewable energy targets.

Work between NREL and MINEM in Peru also included:

  • Modeling of islanded power systems: NREL in collaboration with MINEM gathered data to model the Iquitos power system and performed a feasibility analysis for incorporating solar generation. The work helped MINEM determine potential development pathways for the system in Iquitos and how renewable energy generation can be used to offset rising diesel generation.
  • Analysis of diesel energy use in Peru Sur: this project examined the potential in the Peru Sur region to offset increasing diesel generation with solar energy. The work utilized NREL’s System Advisor Model (SAM) to model the performance and costs of potential solar energy projects in the region.
  • A review of MINEM regulations and technical assistance: NREL provided comments on MINEM’s draft regulations for distributed generation resources and worked with MINEM officials to determine next steps to consider in their evolving renewable energy regulatory environment. 
  • Technical assistance and capacity building: NREL provided expert analysis and commented on changes to firm capacity and the hourly block models in Peru’s energy market. To learn more about the role of firm capacity (or capacity value) in meeting electricity demand see this factsheet. To learn more about the role of hourly and sub-hourly dispatch on grid flexibility see this factsheet or watch this webinar.

Power plant map

The map below shows the location, type and size of power plants operating in Peru.

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