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Celsia eyes 650-MW goal of wind, solar in Colombia

Colombia's Celsia Solar Bolivar PV plant in Colombia

March 7 (Renewables Now) - Colombian power company Celsia SA (CLB:CELSIA) has set the target of reaching 650 MW of solar and wind in the coming years, Celsia CEO Ricardo Sierra said at the official inauguration of the Bolivar solar park on Wednesday.

Celsia received a visit from Colombian president Ivan Duque and energy minister Maria Fernanda Suarez at the 8.06-MW facility which was brought online last November, the power company informed.

After a tour of the farm, Duque said he was pleased that Celsia and its parent company Grupo Argos were planning to present an additional 300 MW at wind energy auctions.

The Bolivar farm is the first solar plant in the Colombian Caribbean region and the second large-scale solar scheme for Celsia. The company's 9.8-MW Yumbo solar park was switched on in September 2017. Back then, Celsia said it was targeting 250 MW of installed photovoltaic (PV) power in Colombia and Central America in the medium term.

Colombia, which sources 70% of its electricity from hydropower, is seeking to diversify its power mix and boost the renewables capacity to at least 1.5 GW. In late February, the country's first long-term renewables auction concluded without winners.

Last week's reliability charge auction resulted in a success for 1,398 MW of wind and solar projects.

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