Colombia's Celsia switches on 8-MW PV plant in Bolivar
Colombia's Celsia Solar Bolivar PV plant in Colombia
Colombian power company Celsia SA (CLB:CELSIA) announced earlier this week it has completed a 8.06-MW photovoltaic (PV) park in the Bolivar department.
First power has been supplied to the National Interconnected System (SIN) on Monday.
Named Celsia Solar Bolivar, the solar power plant required about USD 8 million (EUR 7m) in investments and it was financed with proceeds from the company's recent issuance of green bonds. Consisting of 32,000 solar panels, the solar park spreads over an area of 12 hectares (29.6 acres) in the city of Santa Rosa de Lima. It was developed by power utility Empresa de Energia del Pacifico SA ESP (EPSA), a subsidiary of Celsia.
Solar Bolivar is expected to be able to generate around 15,542 MWh per year, enough to meet the annual demand of 7,400 local homes. It is estimated to offset 170,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions during its 30 year life cycle.
With this new addition, Celsia reaches 27 MW of PV generation in Colombia, growing closer to its goal of 250 MW of solar capacity at home and Central America, Celsia leader, Ricardo Sierra, added.