Mauricio Solano Peralta
Programme Manager - NZMATES
Mauricio Solano-Peralta, is originally from Costa Rica and has over ten years of experience as a renewable energy and energy access engineer. He joined Infratec in 2016 and has been managing the New Zealand – Maluku Access to Renewable Energy Support (NZMATES) programme in Indonesia for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT). He is currently based in Ambon, Maluku province in Indonesia to manage this flagship five-year programme that aims at accelerating the uptake of renewables, improve access to energy, and encourage collaboration between Indonesian and New Zealand entities. Last year Mauricio together with Meister Consultants Group worked in the development of a Practical Guide to the Regulatory Treatment of Mini-grids. He also carried out a renewable energy access field scoping study for Volunteer Service Abroad in rural communities of East Pomio, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Before moving to New Zealand, Mauricio worked throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Some of his previous experiences include: project management for the installation of 600 solar-home systems in the Dominican Republic for local NGO Fundacion Surfuturo (2012 - 2013); conducted the final evaluation of Argentina’s PERMER rural electrification program financed by the World Bank (2013); and was lead author of the technology innovation outlook for renewable mini-grid technologies for IRENA (2015 - 2016). Mauricio has contributed to the EU PV Conference as presenter and evaluator, acted as a reviewer for Elsevier’s Energy Policy journal, and contributes annually to the REN21 Renewable Energy Global Status Report, among other publications and conferences.
Training & Qualifications:
- Master of Environmental Science, focused in Sustainable Development of Energy Resources (honours), Utrecht University, Netherlands (2008)
- Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (2005)