Remote access: Expanding energy provision in rural Argentina through public-private partnerships and renewable energy. A case study of the PERMER programme
The Argentine government’s PERMER (Project for Renewable Energy in Rural Markets) programme, introduced in 1999, provides electricity for basic lighting and social communication needs for families and public services in remote, rural areas, which are beyond the reach of the grid. Focusing on residential users and schools, this case study describes and analyses: the delivery model adopted by PERMER for reaching isolated or dispersed rural customers;the state of implementation of the programme to date; the barriers and levers to progress in programme implementation, and lessons learned; and the social impacts on users. The study focuses on Argentina’s north-eastern province of Jujuy, which is one of the poorest and most remote parts of the country, and one of the first provinces to implement PERMER.