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Building to last in the Global South

PV initiatives should be designed to last, as several well-meaning off-grid solar projects for the developing world have floundered over the years.

Colombia allocates 5.77 GW of solar in renewables auction

The Colombian authorities assigned 7.49 GW of renewable energy projects in the nation’s latest procurement exercise.


Colombia’s Minister of Mines and Energy discusses the state of solar at BNEF Summit

pv magazine publisher, Eckhart Gouras, interviewed Diego Mesa, the Colombian Minister of Mines and Energy at the BNEF Summit in New York. Mesa recounted the history of solar PV adoption in his country and provided details on the most recent developments, including the construction of Colombia’s largest solar park by Italian group Enel and the first large scale battery project by Canadian Solar.


Colombian utility seeks EPC contractors for 83MW solar plant

Empresas Públicas de Medellín is seeking engineering, procurement, and construction specialists to work on an 83MW solar plant in Colombia. The project secured a 15-year power purchase agreement in the nation’s latest auction and is scheduled to go online by Jan. 1, 2023.


Colombia’s renewables auction assigns 796 MW of solar at average price of $0.041/kWh

Among the selected developers were EDF, Canadian Solar, Solarpack, Enel and Celsia. The final average price for the PV technology was significantly higher than that of the previous procurement exercise.


Colombia’s largest PV plant comes online

The 61 MW solar facility is owned by Colombian oil company Ecopetrol.


China holds the key to cancelling half the world’s new coal project plans

With pressure mounting on the world’s governments to turn their back on the fossil fuel, China and peers in South East Asia, Europe and South Asia could help deliver a coal-free future at the COP26 climate summit planned in Glasgow in November.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: News of 360 MW project win in Nigeria and TBEA benefits from poly shortage

State-owned China Xinhua Power Development has booked a $53 million discount on seven solar farms as developer Kongsun seeks to pay down debts, and Canadian Solar has landed a 45 MWh energy storage contract in Colombia.


Colombia launches second renewables auction

Projects not exceeding 5 MW in size will be entitled to participate in the procurement exercise. Selected developers will be granted a 15-year PPA and will have to start commercial operation on January 1, 2023.

Colombia to hold renewables auction by the end of October

Project selected in the auctions will be granted a 15-year PPA and will have to begin delivering power in December 2022.

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