Argentina decrees 2017 “the year of renewable energies”

Argentine president Mauricio Macri decreed that 2017 be declared as “the year of renewable energies” in the country.

This implies that the official documentation of both the centralized and decentralized National Public Administration as well as the dependent entities will incorporate the policy “2017 – YEAR OF RENEWABLE ENERGIES.”

Additionally, during this year events and activities will be held for the diffusion of the use of renewable energies in Argentina.

President Macri also invites the regional governments to adhere to decree 9/2017, within which this declaration is established.

Argentina is currently making efforts to incorporate renewable energy projects. In 2016 the RenovAr program was initiated, within which 2,424 MW of renewable energy projects were awarded during two rounds of tenders, of which 916 MW was for PV projects.

These renewable installations will account for approximately 6% of Argentina’s energy mix when they are operational. On the other hand, Round 2 of the RenovAr program is expected to be launched by May of this year.

Currently, renewables represent 1.8% of the energy mix in Argentina. The country has set an objective of having renewables make up 20% of its energy mix by 2025.