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    The country's immediate renewable energy agenda, with 25 projects


    January 26, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Before the end of the current presidential term, even by the end of 2022, the Nation will have advanced a package of 25 projects of non-conventional renewable energy sources (NCRE), which will allow it to deliver clean electricity to the National Interconnected System (SIN). The list of initiatives for the generation of electricity from wind and solar plants includes those projects that were recently inaugurated, those that will start operating soon, those that are currently in the assembly phase, and those that will be ready to deliver energy by the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023. "Three years ago in our country there were only 28 MW of non-conventional renewable energy installed capacity. Today, thanks to the collaboration between the public and private sectors, we now have more than 2,800 MW between completed projects, under execution and assigned, 100 times more than what we had in August 2018", said the President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, last Friday at the inauguration of the wind power plant Guajira I. Of the package of 25 projects listed, 16 correspond to wind farms and eight to solar plants, all located practically in the Caribbean coast region, and their investments would reach $14 billion. Among the wind initiatives, Guajira I, Guajira II, Apotolorru, Casa Eléctrica, Chesmesky, Tumawind, El Ahumado, Windpeshi, Camelia, Alpha and Beta stand out. Precisely, the Alpha and Beta complexes, in charge of the Portuguese multinational EDPR, would start their construction stage in March, and would start operating at the beginning of the third quarter. "These complexes will be 25 times larger in dimension than Guajira I, since their installed capacity alone will be 504 megawatts (MW), without taking into account that the 90 wind turbines will have an installed capacity of 5.6 MW, and whose blades measure 80 meters, which allows a diameter length of 160 meters, and the investment for their development was $1 billion", explained Diego Mesa, Minister of Mines and Energy. As for the list of solar plants, Bayunca I was inaugurated at the end of 2021, Bayunca II, Mokana, La Loma, La Tolua, Sierra Linda and Guayepo are in the assembly phase, and next Friday, the La Sierpe complex will be inaugurated, which was initially developed by the Spanish-Canadian firm AAGES, and is now in the hands of Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure. The plant is located in the municipality of San Benito Abad (Sucre), whose investment was close to US$20 million (US$1 million per MW). It has a 15-year power purchase and sale contract, but with a planned life of 30 years. It consists of 65,000 solar panels that will generate 4,280,000 kilowatt hours per month (Kw/hm), equivalent to the consumption of 28,500 homes in a month (average for Colombia). According to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the goal is to leave 14 renewable generation plants practically finished by August, and another 12 structures under construction in the second half of the year. And the bulk of the projects will be located in La Guajira, since 15 other wind farms are under development there. "The investments that will be disbursed for these renewable energy projects are estimated at close to $11 billion and the impact they will have in this region will be high because they will have a positive impact on the generation of 12,000 jobs", said Camilo Sánchez, president of the National Association of Public Utilities and Communications Companies (Andesco).

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