Colombia's UPME awards 45-MW BESS project to Canadian Solar

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July 8 (Renewables Now) - Colombia's national mining and energy planning unit UPME last week finalised the tender process for the full delivery of a 45-MW battery energy storage system (BESS), awarding the project to the Colombian affiliate of Canadian Solar Inc (NASDAQ:CSIQ).

Canadian Solar Energy Colombia SAS ESP offered roughly COP 72.1 billion (USD 18.8m/EUR 15.9m) and outbid domestic and foreign-owned players, among them, Engie Colombia Energia, Proelectrica, Celsia Colombia, Interconexion Electrica, Abo Wind Renovables and more.

Colombia’s first BESS tender was aimed at finding an investor to design, build, operate and maintain a battery in the department of Atlantico. According to the tender documents, the selected investor can install the BESS anywhere within a 2-kilometre (1.24 miles) radius of the Silencio substation to which it has to be connected. The substation is located in the metropolitan area of Barranquilla, the capital of the Atlantico department.

The battery is expected to start operation on June 30, 2023.

(COP 1,000 = USD 0.261/EUR 0.220)

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