Italian multinational renewable energy company Enel Green Power (EGP) has brought the El Paso PV facility in Colombia online.
With an annual production capacity of 176GWh, the facility is the largest solar facility in the country. It is located in the Cesar Department in northern Colombia.
Enel Green Power South America head Antonio Scala said: “Enel Green Power’s first solar PV plant in Colombia represents a major milestone for the group and for the country’s energy sector as a whole.
“This country represents an ideal market for green energy projects, as it boasts strong winds and high solar irradiation levels, in addition to its already advanced hydro sector.
“By building El Paso Solar and working towards a diversified portfolio of renewable projects throughout Colombia, we are strengthening our commitment to the country’s energy transition and sustainable development while further expanding our sizeable renewable footprint in South America.”
El Paso alone is said to account for 80% of the country’s installed solar capacity and is capable of meeting the energy requirements of nearly 102,000 Colombian households, equivalent to about 400,000 people.
EGP invested $70m in the project, which features 250,000 solar panels. To maximise energy production, the solar tracking technology used in the project allows the panels to follow the sun.
Colombia Minister of Mines and Energy María Fernanda Suárez said: “We are making a reality Colombia’s dream to diversify, complement and improve the competitiveness of our energy mix, with alternative sources such as the sun and wind.
“The Caribbean Coast, in particular, represents a unique opportunity thanks to the potential in solar and wind power that will boost Colombia’s energy transformation.
“The El Paso solar plant will contribute to the development of an efficient, reliable and sustainable energy system. In addition, projects like this represent new opportunities for employment, investment and development for the country and its regions.”