March 11 (Renewables Now) - Ecuador will award in a tender on March 24 a contract for the construction of a 14.8-MWp solar farm on the Galapagos island, the country's electric corporation CELEC EP said at the launching presentation on Tuesday.
In addition to the Conolophus photovoltaic (PV) plant, the winner will also build a 40.9-MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system. Together, the projects require a private investment of USD 45 million (EUR 39.7m).
When completed, the assets will be able to offset some 16,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2). They will cover an area of approximately 20 hectares (49.4 acres) in Galapagos' Santa Cruz island.
According to the schedule planned by the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources (MERNNR), the bid evaluation and the award of the contract is planned for the end of the third quarter of 2020, CELEC EP noted.
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