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Uruguay launches 65 MW solar tender
Uruguayan power utility the National Administration of Electric Power Plants and Transmissions (UTE) has launched a tender for a 65 MW solar park. The UTE said it plans to procure 65 MW of solar modules in the first quarter of the new year. The tender includes construction, operation and maintenance of the plant, the Uruguayan government said in a statement. The project work will amount to preparing studies, engineering development and the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the plant. The tender does not call for construction of the 150 kV substation required or the supply of PV panels, the government added. Companies interested in participating must submit bids by October 25. The Uruguayan solar industry has been in the doldrums since the establishment of solar parks under a 200 MW capacity development program that was launched by the government in 2013. The story so far Two of those facilities were developed by Spanish company Solaria Energía y Medio Ambiente: the 9.5 MW generation capacity Natelu plant S.A. and the same-sized Yarnel plant. A further 75 MW was added through the El Naranjal and Del Litoral plants in the department of Salto, in northern Uruguay, which are owned by Atlas Renewable Energy, a unit of British private investment firm Actis. The government program also drove construction of the 65 MW La Jacinta solar plant, which Invenergy acquired from Spain’s Fotowatio in March 2017 and which has been in operation since October 2015. In an exclusive interview with pv magazine, Uruguayan Minister of Energy Guillermo Moncecchi spoke about the future of solar energy in the country and recognized the potential of PV thanks to the steep fall in prices the technology has witnessed in recent years. At the time, the minister said new solar auctions would be held next year. Uruguay, which supports rooftop PV through net metering, already sources almost 98% of its electricity from renewables. According to the latest statistics published by the International Renewable Energy Agency, the nation had an installed PV generation capacity of around 248 MW at the end of last year.
Oct 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, tender, South america, Uruguay, Actis, UTE, large scale PV
Uruguay on the lookout for developers of 65MWp solar project
Uruguay is poised for a significant PV boost after plans emerged of a new utility-scale project, which has already secured key construction components. State-owned power firm UTE recently published a call for a third-party to develop a 65MWp project in Punta del Tigre, a one-hour coastal drive northwest of capital Montevideo. Firms will have until 25 October to file applications for a contract that will see them take care of preliminary studies, actual installation, commissioning and plant running once it goes live. Contacted by PV Tech, Uruguay’s Energy Ministry explained the project in the San José department has already secured solar panels, declining however to identify the supplier. The installation is estimated to cost US$35 million – a sum which excludes the 65MWp PV panel order – and should be up and running by March 2021, a ministry spokesperson explained. The project will receive its earmarked solar panels between January and March next year and will be linked to Uruguay’s grid via a 150kV substation, UTE documents show. Utility-scale boost for the solar sponsors in Antarctic The Ministry spokesperson billed the 65MWp solar project in Punta del Tigre as one of the largest seen to date in Uruguay, a country believed to host 248MW in installed PV capacity last year. Among its predecessors is La Jacinta, a similarly-sized PV venture – 50MWac / 64MWp – that was described as Uruguay’s first utility-scale solar project when it was completed in early 2016. The utility-scale forerunner in the Salto department, in northwest Uruguay, was sold by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures to Invenergy in May 2017. Government records place the powering-up of yet another 50MWac project, El Naranjal in the Salto department, just four months later. The Latin American state, home last year to 1.5GW in wind power installations, drew industry attention in recent years with its decision to power its Antarctic base with a 100kW solar array.
Oct 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, pv power plants, utility-scale PV, South america, Uruguay, UTE
Atlas sells 550GWh of solar to Engie Energía in Chile
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Mar 4, 2020 // Markets & Finance News, Latin america, Atlas Renewable Energy, Carlos Barrera, International, Atlas Solar Bond, Solar Bond
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Sep 20, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, USA, Amazon, Chile, solar pv, South america, Europe, North America, Facebook, Google, Denmark, corporate ppa, Sundar Pichai
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