With 'La Sierpe', Sucre joins the energy transition

07/12/22
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The savannas of Córdoba and Sucre now have for the first time a large-scale solar project to generate electricity, which will be connected to the National Interconnected System (SIN).

This is La Sierpe, a photovoltaic plant initially developed by the Spanish-Canadian firm AAGES, and which is now in the hands of Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure (ASI).

The complex is located in the municipality of San Benito Abad (Sucre), and nearly US$20 million (US$1 million per megawatt (MW)) was invested in its construction. 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 what 28,500 homes consume in a month (on average for Colombia).

"In addition to clean energy, we are committed to bringing development to the communities, which is why we will transfer between $1 and $2 for each kWh generated for investments in infrastructure, public services and basic sanitation in the municipalities in the project's area of influence", said Antonio Merino, ASI's vice-president for South America.

In addition to this infrastructure located in Sucre, two more will be added (La Tolua and Tierra Linda) located in the department of Córdoba, with 30 MW of installed capacity each, and which together will have 130,000 bifacial solar panels in single axis for their rotation, and that at the end for this project will have a total installed capacity of 50 MW".

The main reason why this multinational company was interested in being in charge of this asset is that this area (the savannas of Sucre and Cordoba) has a very good solar resource with which electricity production can be achieved, resulting in a great profitability for the project itself.

"The renewable revolution is under way.Only in solar energy in Colombia today we have 25 times more renewable generation capacity installed than we had in 2018. When we see what we have between finished projects, in execution and assigned by auction, we are talking about nearly 2,800 megawatts, 100 times more than what the country had four years ago," assured the President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, at the inauguration event.

The La Sierpe solar farm will prevent the emission of 18,118 tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to planting 9,060 trees.

"The Energy Transition is the main public policy of the sector and today it is being consolidated in all regions of the country. Today it is Sucre's turn, with investments of more than $75 billion pesos that contribute to the economic reactivation of the country", added the Minister of Mines and Energy, Diego Mesa.

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