Uruguay kicks off second stage of PV procurement process

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Photovoltaic developers in Uruguay can now submit large-scale projects for the country’s solar program, launched by the Uruguayan government in May.

The second application period for program kicked off on Wednesday. Companies can submit photovoltaic projects to the National Administration of Power Plants and Electrical Transmissions (UTE) through Sept. 2.

The solar program includes a quota of 200 MW in large-scale photovoltaic systems. In the first application period, which opened in late May and closed July 2, developers submitted projects with a combined capacity of 166 MW. UTE received 116 MW in projects on the first day alone.

In May, the Uruguayan government approved a law allowing the purchase of 200 MW at a maximum price of $91.50 per megawatt hour for plants of between five and 50 MW. The law also calls for an additional 6 MW from smaller plants.

Among the planned projects is a 40 MW facility from Uruguayan developer Tecnova Renovables, according to local daily El Observador.

In April, Uruguay's minister of industry, energy and mining, Roberto Kreimerman, approved plans to diversify the energy mix and create incentives worth $400 million to help install the 200 MW of photovoltaics.

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