Colombia announces renewable projects to provide power to 60,000 people

Speaking on 16th September, on the Caribbean island of San Andrés, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, and the country’s Minister of Mines and Energy Germán Arce Zapata, announced a new package of renewable energy projects. The package aims to provide power to more than 60,000 Colombians, the majority of whom do not currently have access to electricity.

The investment is for around $69 million, as part of Colombia’s National Development Plan – which aims to guarantee safe, affordable and modern energy, in line with the country’s Sustainable Development Objectives (ODS)

The projects funded will be spread across 15 municipalities in the departments of Arauca, Cauca, Caquetá, Córdoba, Guajira, Guaviare, Magdalena, Meta, Putumayo, Vaupés and Vichada, as well as the Caribbean archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina.

“These are projects that stimulate the production of clean energy, promote and ensure the rational and efficient use of energy, and most gratifyingly, they deliver to 60,000 people who, for the first time, will have energy in their homes.” Stated President Manuel Santos.

This week, Colombia’s Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission published a resolution to regulate surplus delivery from small-scale self-generation, including from conventional energy sources. CREG also announced new regulations for the Fund for non-conventional energy sources and efficient energy management (FENOGE), which finances plans and projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

“This news ratifies Colombia as one of the world superpowers in renewable energy generation (according to the World Economic Forum) that have a clean energy matrix and are at the forefront in compliance with commitments made at COP 21 to adapt to climate change,” stated Energy Minister Arce.

(Translated from Spanish)