The Government inaugurated a new solar plant in Sucre that will contribute 19.9 MW to the system

The Government inaugurated a new solar plant in Sucre that will contribute 19.9 MW to the system

The National Government, headed by President Iván Duque and the Minister of Mines and Energy, Diego Mesa, inaugurated today a new solar plant: 'La Sierpe', a photovoltaic complex, which will be the first in Colombia to use bifacial panels to generate energy for the National Interconnected System (SIN).

The new solar plant, developed and built by Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure, has an installed capacity of 19.9 MW and, through the novelty of the panels, guarantees greater efficiency in electricity generation. In addition, it has an investment of close to US$20 million, was built in 17 months and will have 65,520 solar panels on 65 hectares, which will generate 4.2 million kilowatt hours per month, equivalent to the consumption of 28,500 homes in 30 days.

"The main novelty of the plant is that it has bifacial panels and solar trackers, which allows it not only to follow the orientation of the sun but also to capture the radiation that remains on the ground," said Gracia Candau Sánchez, manager of Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure in Colombia.

The complex will have a 15-year energy contract and is the first photovoltaic park connected to the National Interconnection System (SIN) to use bifacial panels accompanied by a single-axis tracking system, which also allows taking advantage of the radiation reflected on the ground through six inverters and 740 solar trackers. It will have a useful life of 30 years.

In addition to the presence of the President of the Republic, Iván Duque, the event will be attended by executives of the development company, such as Antonio Merino, Atlántica's vice president for South America, who will present the company's plans in Colombia at

The inauguration, to be held near the municipality of San Marcos, Sucre, will also be attended by the Minister of Mines and Energy, Diego Mesa; the Governor of the department, Héctor Espinosa; the Mayor of San Benito Abad, Francisco León; company executives, among other personalities.

With this new plant, there are now 17 photovoltaic generation plants connected to the national system.

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