August 14 (Renewables Now) - Colombian power company Celsia SA (CLB:CELSIA) announced on Monday it has started supplying power to local beverage firm Postobon under a contract for 6 MW of solar power capacity.
A 34.5-kV transmission line has been built for the purpose. The green electricity comes from the 9.8-MW Celsia Solar Yumbo photovoltaic (PV) plant, while Celsia is also supplying conventional power to the beverage maker under a 10-year contract.
The solar power purchase deal covers 40% of the needs of Postobon's facility in the town of Yumbo, Valle del Cauca department. The rest of the solar plant's output will be delivered to the National Interconnected System (SIN). Celsia Solar Yumbo, completed a year ago, was the first large-scale solar generation PV plant to sell its output to the SIN, Celsia stated.
Postobon's president, Miguel Fernando Escobar, also informed that the company is studying the possibility of developing similar PV power supply models in partnership with other production plants in the country.