(Renewables Now, 8.Apr.2019) — Italian energy major Enel SpA inaugurated on Friday an 86.2-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in Colombia’s Cesar department.
The company’s local renewables subsidiary, Enel Green Power Colombia (EGPC), has invested nearly USD 70 million (EUR 62.3m) in the El Paso PV farm, the local energy ministry announced.
Considered to be the largest facility of this kind currently in operation in the country, the El Paso plant consists of around 250,000 solar panels spread over a 210-hectare (519 acres) area.
El Paso was awarded a 87.6 GWh per year supply deal, starting from 2022, during the country’s recent reliability charge auction. In all, Enel secured the supply of 740 GWh from five renewable power plants in Colombia.
The PV facility is expected to be able to produce some 176 GWh of electricity per year, enough to meet the annual demand of approximately 102,000 Colombian households, while offsetting around 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions every year.
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