The light that will make the dreams of thousands of Paraguayans come true

La luz que hará realidad los sueños de miles de paraguayos

Paraguay has made important progress in terms of access to electricity service and is close to all its citizens being able to have electricity, since it has an electricity coverage of 99.5%. To bring electricity to thousands of Paraguayans and close this gap, the country continues to make the necessary investments, not only in generation, but also in transmission, extension of networks, distribution and mini-grids.

Currently, the gap is centered in rural areas, mainly in the indigenous communities settled in the Paraguayan Chaco. Achieving universal access to energy in the country will be a milestone by virtue of the global consensus that exists on the benefit of energy service in promoting health, education, the economy and the well-being of society.

Precisely, the IDB and the Government of Japan are supporting the National Electricity Administration (ANDE) in strategic areas of the country’s electricity development plan by financing investment in infrastructure and non-reimbursable technical assistance.

Paraguay also has many advantages. This country has abundant clean and renewable electricity generated through binational hydroelectric plants and Acaray. However, these plants are far from the main consumption centers. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen the electricity transmission system and, at the same time, manage the growing electricity demand that increases at an average annual rate of 7%.

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Financing for investment in strategic infrastructure

The IDB and the Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will finance a project to strengthen the high-voltage electrical transmission system and implement energy efficiency actions.

This financing will allow the laying of a high voltage transmission line between Yguazú in the Eastern System and Valenzuela in the Metropolitan System, and the expansion of said substations.

The construction of the 500 kV Yguazú – Valenzuela transmission line will favor the quality of supply and the stability of the operation of the National Interconnected System (SIN) in a completely interconnected manner. As a result, the power flows will have an adequate and necessary redistribution. At the same time, it will be possible to reduce technical losses in the transmission system and meet the growth in demand of the SIN, according to the requirements of the electrical system.

Digital meters will also be installed between transmission and distribution systems to monitor supply flows in real time, more accurately quantify energy losses and design effective reduction methods. Likewise, approximately 28,000 high-consumption public luminaires will be replaced by efficient LED lamps in areas of Asunción and investment will be made in energy efficiency measures in four ANDE buildings, as a sign of the institution’s commitment to the efficient use of energy.

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Technical assistance through the IDB Japan Special Fund to bring light to thousands of Paraguayans

ANDE is also receiving technical assistance for priority activities, among which the design of two plants with non-conventional renewable energies (NCRE) stands out. One, in the indigenous community of Puerto Esperanza (Bahía Negra) without access to energy, located 600 kilometers from Asunción -the capital of Paraguay-, where they will soon have light to live their dreams more clearly. The other plant will be experimental at the Acaray plant for academic and training purposes in new technologies, such as solar photovoltaic on land and floating, wind, storage batteries and generators of back up to green hydrogen.

Paraguay has great potential for NCRE ventures. These first two projects with ANDE’s NCRE are expected to pave the way for future investments with these technologies, as reflected in the recently approved Generation Master Plan.

Although the generation of renewable energy in Paraguay is entirely hydroelectric, investments in non-conventional renewables are very important for the future, not only for the generation of clean energy, but also to bring electricity to thousands of Paraguayans.

Technical assistance includes the development of a universal energy access plan so that electricity service reaches populations that do not yet have electricity, such as the La Esperanza community, where electricity will soon be a dream come true.

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