Colombia approves solar project to power Santa Catalina island
Solar modules. Author: Marco Bellucci. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic
Colombia approved last week a solar generation project to meet the power demand of all 77 families on Santa Catalina Island, making it the first 100% green energy island in the Caribbean.
The project involves the installation of 600 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels with a generation of 20,000 kWh per month. It will also incorporate a battery system to ensure 24-hour energy supply. In addition, 8,000 kWh of surplus will be generated and injected into the province's network.
Santa Catalina's project follows the government goals to incorporate energy efficiency measures in end use equipment, take advantage of available renewable resources and integrate new technologies that will help ensure a reliable, safe and cleaner supply of energy, Vice Energy Minister Rutty Paola Ortiz said.