January 5 (Renewables Now) - Nicaragua's National Electricity Transmission Company (ENATREL) announced that it plans to install 11,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) systems during 2018, benefiting homes, schools, health centres, maternity homes and churches.
This initiative serves as a step to achieve the 95.5% goal of electrical coverage nationwide, said Salvador Mansell Castrillo, head of ENATREL and the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Renewables currently account for 54% of Nicaragua's installed capacity. This year, the government expects to switch on a 13-MW PV plant and to inject another 33 MW of biomass into the grid.
ENATREL also stressed the importance of the reinforcement of the National Transmission System (SNT), with 26 substations leaving the paper in 2017. At the end of last year, the country secured USD 86.5 million (EUR 71.7m) from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) to expand its electricity network.
(USD 1 = EUR 0.829)