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Table 2 Rural electrification projects considered in this paper

From: Sustainability of rural electrification programs based on off-grid photovoltaic (PV) systems in Chile

  National Program for Rural Electrification (PER) (PV projects only) National Program on Rural and Social Energy (PERYS)
(PV projects only)
Huatacondo micro-grid project Coquimbo Project (PV only) PV-powered water pumps program
Reports for ex-post evaluations Covarrubias et al. [90]; Navarro et al. [95]; Deuman, [89]; DIPRES [80]; Comunidades Energéticas [112]; Ministerio de Desarrollo Social [111]; Gobierno Regional de Aysén [92] IEA [113]; Ministerio de Energía [114] Jiménez-Estévez et al. [96]; Núñez et al. [109] Rodriguez [82]; Estay [81] GreenLab [115]
Program sponsored by CNE/Ministry of Energy (GOREs) Ministry of Energy University of Chile/NPO CNE/Ministry of Energy, GEF, UN Agency for Agrarian Development (INDAP)
Location Curepto/Pencahue (Maule region); Cochrane (Aysén region; regions of Tarapacá, Coquimbo, and Maule) Nationwide Huatacondo (region of Tarapacá; northern Chile) Coquimbo Nationwide
Energy use Residential rural electrification; electrification of schools/health centers/social buildings Electrification of schools/health centers/social buildings/public lightning Residential rural electrification and productive use Residential rural electrification Productive use
Capacity/sizing Between 50 and 600 Wp per dwelling Between 380 Wp and 4 kWh per project 22.68-kW PV plant + 120-kVA diesel group for a community 125 Wp per dwelling Three different kits available: 230/690/1380 Wp per farmer
Year of installations Since 1997 Since 2009 2009 2001–2012 2012–2013
Number of installations/households electrified Solar home systems (SHS) 12,565; schools 87; health centers 14; productive use: 6 83 About 100 people 3064 SHS (new); 1500 (improvements); 55 schools and health centers 1876
  1. Sources: own elaboration based on information from [82, 111, 89, 116, 85]