March 15 (Renewables Now) - Colombia's National Environmental Licenses Authority (ANLA) approved on Thursday its first environmental licence for a solar project -- a 100-MW photovoltaic (PV) park in Cesar department.
Located in the village of Azucar Buena-La Mesa, the municipality of Valledupar, the projects includes building five solar plants, with an estimated annual production of 41,667 MWh for 30 years of operation.
Planned to cover an area of 156.61 hectares (387 acres), the solar complex will be comprised of approximately 284,310 PV modules. When fully operational, the complex is estimated to offset some 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year, ANLA stated in its press release.
This initiative is part of the government's policy to promote the use of clean energies with a goal of increasing to at least 10% the participation of non-conventional renewable energy sources in the country's grid, the governmental agency noted.