Doe Run Peru Helps Bring Electricity to Padre Cocha, Peru

Solar power and lead-acid batteries provide residents with basic utilities.

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 4, 2005 -– Doe Run Peru, a subsidiary of The Doe Run Company, is helping to develop a low-cost and environmentally friendly technology designed to support the sustainable development of isolated communities, providing essential, affordable electricity. Alongside the International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO) and the Common Fund for Commodities, Doe Run Peru has sponsored the pilot project in Padre Cocha, Peru, since its inception in 1997. The project uses a hybrid of solar power and lead-acid batteries to provide the region with an economic and eco-friendly source of energy.

“In a country like Peru, thousands of communities are lacking electricity. This technology can support basic services that are often taken for granted, including lighting for hospitals, refrigeration of medication and food, as well as improvements to sewage systems and the water supply,” explained Bruce Neil, president of Doe Run Peru.

Doe Run Peru operates a metals processing facility in La Oroya, in the Peruvian Andes, and the Cobriza copper mine in southern Peru.

At an international workshop held in November, the participants focused on the new technology, as well as its implications for the sustainable development of rural towns like Padre Cocha, which is located in the Peruvian Amazon. The community, which currently relies on expensive and environmentally unfriendly diesel generators to provide limited electricity, lacks proper equipment to provide continuous nighttime lighting and daytime power.

In his keynote address at the workshop, Neil stressed the empowering benefits of this technology. “We are hopeful that this project will serve as a model to promote health and economic benefits across Peru and in other impoverished communities around the globe.”

The Doe Run Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a privately held natural resource company focused on environmentally sound mineral production, recycling and metals fabrication. Based in St. Louis, the company and its subsidiaries serve as North America’s largest integrated lead producer and third-largest total lead producer worldwide, employing more than 4,000 people. The company and its employees are committed to keeping its operations and communities clean and safe while producing essential raw materials – lead, zinc, copper, gold and silver – that are needed for everyday life. Doe Run and its subsidiaries have U.S. operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona, and in South America in Peru. Find Doe Run on the Web at http://www.doerun.com.

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