Construction begins on Colombia’s second solar park

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Colombian renewable energy company, Celsia has begun construction of its second large-scale PV project in Colombia, the 8.8 MW Celsia Solar Bolívar plant.

According to the company, the installation will be located in the municipality of Santa Rosa de Lima, in the northern Department of Bolívar, and will be built by its subsidiary, Epsa.

Approximately 32,000 PV modules and two central inverters will be used for the project, the company said, without unveiling the names of the suppliers, nor providing more technical and financial details of the project.

“We hope to execute this project in less time than that required for the construction of the solar farm in Yumbo, taking advantage of all the lessons learned. With the Celsia Solar Bolívar project we continue working on the goal of reaching 250 MW of solar energy in Colombia and Central America, in addition to continuing with our national growth strategy in which the development of projects on the north coast of the country is very important,” said company representative, Julián Cadavid.

The 9.8 MW Celsia Solar Yumbo project in the municipality of Yumbo, in the southwestern region of Valle del Cauca, was completed by Epsa in September last year. The plant consists of 35,000 PV modules supplied by Chinese manufacturer, JinkoSolar. The solar park is located on a surface formerly occupied by the Thermoyumbo thermoelectric plant, which was closed more than 20 years ago.

Celsia is also planning to develop other solar projects in the Valle del Cauca and other Colombian provinces, as well as in Panama. Furthermore, the government of the Colombian Department of Santander announced that Celsia intends to build an 80 MW(AC) PV power plant in the municipality of Los Santos.

As for distributed generation business, the Colombian company has a rooftop PV project pipeline of around 40 MW.