The two plants, worth over US$165 million, were developed by Spain-based T-Solar, after it was awarded a 20-year contract to generate solar electricity in the Arequipa region in 2010. Parent company, Isolux Corsan acted as EPC contractor.
T-Solar equipped the plants with 113,600 of its thin film amorphous hydrogenated-silicon modules, manufactured in Spain. Having been grid connected in July, they are expected to generate enough electricity to supply up to 80,000 people.
Funding came from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPI), the Netherlands FMO and Frances PROPARCO. "The project has been considered an example of best practices in international funding," said T-Solar in a statement released.
CEO, Marta Martínez, added, "The T?Solar Group is putting down roots in Peru. We are most grateful for the help we have received in this project from the government of Peru and its institutions. The Ministry of Energy & Mining has played a fundamental role in moving it forward, as have the local and regional authorities in Arequipa."