December's Climate Change Summit in Lima, Peru showed the importance of encouraging the use of renewable energy. Geothermal devices must play a key role, an expert has said.
Diana Fabara, a professor at Ecuador Central University's Environmental Engineering department, said Peru has significant potential to develop geothermal energy. With several volcanoes in its territory, the country's capacity could reach 700 MW.
Other Latin American countries such as Chile, Mexico and Nicaragua also feature conditions conducive to the production of geothermal power. On a global scale, there are 40 nations able to produce electricity through geothermal resources.