Argentina builds first-ever solar neighborhood to fight energy poverty
Friday, June 7, 2013
A solar power project in Buenos Aires is providing electricity for some of the city’s poorest households. Volunteers are hoping to create Argentina’s first green community – one rooftop at a time.
Griselda Alderete lives with her two children and her husband in a low-income housing project near Buenos Aires known as La Perla. She spends her days caring for the house and her children, while her husband works as a truck mechanic.
Their rent costs them 140 pesos (120 euros) each month – but, like most of the houses here, the Alderete’s home isn’t connected to the city’s gas network. The residents of La Perla buy propane gas in tanks, which they use to cook their food and heat their water.