Italian electricity company Enel, through its Peruvian renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Peru (EGPP), has started operations at the 180MW Rubi solar PV plant in Peru.
Rubi is claimed to be the largest solar plant in Peru and the company’s first solar facility in the country.
Around $170m has been invested by the company in the construction of the solar PV project, which is located in the city of Moquegua in Peru’s Mariscal Nieto province.
The project is financed in part through Enel Group’s own resources and in part by the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Italy’s Enel Green Power (EGP) head Antonio Cammisecra said: “The inauguration of Peru’s largest solar PV plant is testament to our commitment to boost the development of renewables in the country, contributing to the diversification of its generation mix and increasing energy production from clean sources in Peru’s Southern region by 12%.
“The entry into service of Rubi just over a year after construction began strengthens our ambition to keep growing in Peru and to harness the country’s great renewable potential.”
The 180MW solar PV plant is supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement signed with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Once fully operational, the plant will be able to generate around 440GWh per year, which will be delivered to Peru’s National Interconnected Electricity System (SEIN) through the Montalvo substation.
In line with the creating shared value (CSV) model adopted by the Enel Group, EGPP carried out a training programme for the local community for the recycling of wood from the construction site to build furniture.
The initiative has been implemented in collaboration with the Municipality of Moquegua.
In order to promote grant funds, EGPP also signed an agreement with the local association, Asociación de Irrigación Pampa Clemesí, to develop productive and social projects in the area of influence of Rubi solar plant.