The National Environmental Licensing Agency (ANLA) granted a license to Enel Green Power for the Guayepo solar park.
The plant will be located in the municipality of Ponedera in Atlántico and will be the largest in Colombia, La Republica reported.
This facility will have a capacity of 491 MWdc and will be located on 1,300 hectares.
The project will have an investment of US$300M and will be connected to the National Interconnected System (SIN) through a connection line of approximately nine kilometers to the Sabanalarga substation.
“Receiving this environmental license is a major milestone, as it represents the possibility of building the company’s second solar farm and the largest in construction and capacity in the country. This great challenge will contribute to the diversification of the energy matrix, generating more energy with unconventional renewable sources,” Adrian Dugulan, Enel’s Development Director, said.
Enel Green Power expects the construction process to begin in the second half of 2021 and the farm will be operational in the second half of 2023.
In addition, the company will begin the process of socialization with the communities involved in the project in the coming weeks.
Bottom-Line: It is positive to hear that this plant received the environmental license, but the country needs more agility on this issue to move forward and meet the goals set.