With new brightness and various investments, Colombia arrives at a well-positioned historic 2020 thanks to a 2019 that left unprecedented results related to the transformation of its energy matrix. During the 16 months of new government administration, Colombia made a historic leap in the incorporation of renewable energies by multiplying by 50 its installed capacity of generation sources such as solar and wind, ensuring new projects for the next three years. In addition, the investment of Italian giant Enel, has put into operation the largest and most modern solar plant in Colombia, equivalent to 227 soccer courts, meaning clean and safe energy for more than 102 thousand Colombian homes.
ENERGIA XXI. The energy giant of Italy, Enel Green Power has put into operation the largest solar installation in the history of Colombia. Located in the department of Cesar in northern Colombia, the solar plant, with its 86.2 Mega Watt total capacity, represents 80 percent of the solar capacity installed to date in the country. An official report carried by Energía Limpia XXI states that the El Paso Solar plant can meet the energy consumption needs of approx. 102 thousand Colombian homes, equivalent to about 400,000 people.
The renewable energy revolution has already begun! ” Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez said, during the inauguration, in the municipality of El Paso (Cesar), of the largest solar energy plant in the country, capable of producing 176 GW / year, with which it could be meet the needs of a city like Valledupar.
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“Not only did we achieve a reliability charge auction that secured 1,398 megabytes of unconventional renewable energy installed capacity, but this is the first project of that auction that was delivered in February; Then the renewable energy revolution has already begun”, the Colombian President said.
The President also highlighted the positive impact of the project on the environment, “in what has to do with mitigation and adaptation to climate change”, because the solar farm El Paso will help reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by 107 thousand tons per year
He also announced that the Government’s goal of producing 1,500 megawatts of renewable energy in Colombia. He stressed to the senior executives of the Enel Group, operator of the solar farm, his interest in continuing to increase foreign investment in clean energy projects in the country. “Today we are inaugurating a photovoltaic farm, but I also want to see more wind projects in the country, because that will also allow us to take advantage of the geographical positioning of many departments of Colombia, ”he said.
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The plant was inaugurated during a ceremony attended by President Duque; the Minister of Mines and Energy, María Fernanda Suárez; the Governor of Cesar, Francisco Ovalle, and the Mayor of El Paso, Hidalfo de La Cruz Ortiz, as well as the General Director of Enel in South America, Maurizio Bezzeccheri; the Manager of Enel Green Power in South America, Antonio Scala, and the General Director of Enel Colombia, Lucio Rubio Díaz, among others.
Caribbean Coast will also be a priority
The Minister of Mines and Energy, María Fernanda Suárez, said: “We are making Colombians’ dream come true to diversify, complement and improve the competitiveness of our energy matrix, with alternative sources such as sun and wind.”
She also noted that “the Caribbean Coast, in particular, has a unique opportunity thanks to the potential in solar and wind energy that will boost Colombia’s energy transformation.” El Paso will contribute to the development of an efficient, reliable and sustainable energy system ”, while recognizing that projects such as this“ represent new employment, investment and development opportunities for the country and regions ”.
Antonio Scala, Manager of Enel Green Power – South America, said “this country represents an ideal market for green energy projects, since it has strong winds and high levels of solar radiation, in addition to its already advanced sector hydroelectric”.
The Italian executive said that by building the El Paso Solar Park 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.”
El Paso solar energy plant in figures
• It is the largest solar plant in the country, with an installed capacity of 86.2 MW, which represents 80 percent of the installed solar energy capacity in Colombia.
• The 176 GWh / year of production could meet the needs of 102 thousand homes, about 400 thousand inhabitants, comparable to the population of a city like Valledupar.
• From an environmental point of view, El Paso will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 107,000 tons annually, equivalent to what 7.6 million trees capture.
• The investment of the project was 70 million dollars and its construction took 14 months.
• El Paso is the first solar plant with centralized dispatch obligations to the National Interconnected System – SIN.
• During its construction, more than 900 people were hired, of which about 750 belong to the area of influence (for unskilled, skilled local labor and local services).
• The extension of the solar park occupies an area close to 210 hectares, space equivalent to 227 soccer fields.
Enel Green Power is the Enel Group company dedicated to the development and operation of renewable energies worldwide, with a presence in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a world leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of more than 43 GW in a generation combination that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power, and is at the forefront of the integration of innovative technologies in renewable energy plants.
As a multinational Group, Enel actively deals with the consolidation of its assets and the greater integration of its businesses.
In Italy, Enel is the first electricity company. It operates in the field of generation with thermoelectric plants and renewable sources with 27.6 GW of installed capacity and 30 million customers.
In the Iberian Peninsula, after placing an additional 22% of the share capital of its Spanish subsidiary Endesa on the Madrid Stock Exchange, Enel now owns 70.1% of the leading electricity company in Spain and the second largest in Portugal. Endesa has approximately 22.7 GW of installed capacity and a strong presence in the distribution sector and in the sale of electricity and gas products, with around 12.4 million customers.
In Europe, Enel is also present in Slovakia, where it owns 66% of Slovenské Elektrárne, the country’s largest electricity generator and the second largest in Central and Eastern Europe. In Romania, the Group serves 2.9 million customers through its distribution network. Also in Romania, as well as in Greece, EGP owns and operates renewable power generation plants.
In Russia, Enel operates in the generation sector – where its subsidiary Enel Russia has 8.8 GW of thermoelectric capacity – and in the retail distribution sector, in which Enel owns 49.5% of RusEnergoSbyt, one of the largest independent suppliers in the country. In France, Enel develops activities in the electricity and gas supply. It should be noted that Enel is an important operator in the energy market in Latin America, where its subsidiary Enersis is one of the leading private companies in the private sector by installed capacity and number of customers. Enersis subsidiaries operate in five countries, with an installed capacity from thermal, hydroelectric and other renewable energy sources close to 21 GW and with 18.3 million customers. In the generation sector, Enersis owns and operates 4, 42 GW in Argentina; 3.25 GW in Brazil; 7.38 GW in Chile; 3.58 GW in Colombia and 2.29 GW in Peru. In the distribution sector, the Group is present in the Brazilian states of Cearà and Rio de Janeiro and in four of the main cities in South America: Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Lima. In the transmission sector, Enersis operates an electrical interconnection line between Brazil and Argentina. Likewise, Chile and Brazil, as well as Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico, are home to wind and hydroelectric plants operated by EGP Latin America. In the transmission sector, Enersis operates an electrical interconnection line between Brazil and Argentina. Likewise, Chile and Brazil, as well as Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico, are home to wind and hydroelectric plants operated by EGP Latin America. In the transmission sector, Enersis operates an electrical interconnection line between Brazil and Argentina. Likewise, Chile and Brazil, as well as Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico, are home to wind and hydroelectric plants operated by EGP Latin America.
In North America, EGP North America owns and operates hydroelectric, wind and solar power plants.
In Africa, Enel is present in the gas exploration and production sector and develops gas fields in Algeria and Egypt. Through Endesa, Enel also operates a thermoelectric plant in Morocco. In South Africa
The Italian firm also operates in the Asia-Pacific region through Enel Green Power, Enel Trade and Enel Investment Holding BV.