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A national program to extend electric service to rural areas has reached 3,000 homes in Yucatán. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida, Yucatán — Nearly 3,000 homes in 115 rural localities are being wired for electricity for the first time ever.

The Universal Electricity Service Fund, which is maintained through the federal energy department, works around the country to either extend the power grid, or to install isolated solar systems to illuminate communities without electricity.

The plan here leans on solar panels for residential, school and street lighting.

The strategy to light up rural Yucatán was led by Gov. Rolando Zapata Bello and the head of the Energy Secretariat, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell.

This means more than lighting for villagers. Until now, many homes had no means to charge cell phones or run refrigerators.

Nationally, 98.5 percent of the population has access to electricity, according to the secretariat.

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