The Caribbean region is ready to welcome a new energy cluster with the help of the Minister of Mines and Energy (MinMinas), Colombia’s Business Growth Management Unit (Innpulsa Colombia) and five local Chambers or Commerce.
The cluster – the first in the country – was presented to the public opinion by MinMinas Suárez and by Innpulsa’s Ignacio Gaitán, during the Colombia Genera forum, hosted by the National Association of Entrepreneurs (ANDI) in Cartagena.
According to El Heraldo, the cluster is made up of five departments of the Caribbean region; Atlántico, Bolívar, Magdalena, Guajira and Cesar, and represents a commitment to the renewable energy sector.
“We will design the cluster strategy within the next three months, and begin its implementation in June,” Gaitán said, adding that his team will soon decide which companies and universities will help in the process of boosting the department’s potential, through the planning and execution of upcoming projects.
“New opportunities in the Caribbean Region will boost the generation of employment, with investments of US$1.5B in wind and solar projects that will help the entire supply chain,” MinMinas Suarez added.
The expert said that so far, it has been identified that Cartagena has potential in terms of solar, thermal, wind and biomass energy; La Guajira has potential in wind and photovoltaic alternative energies; the department of Atlantic in solar, thermal, wind and photovoltaic, while Santa Marta has potential in solar and photovoltaic energy.
The Ministry concluded her speech by saying that this initiative is part of the process of Colombia’s energy transformation, in which the national government advances together with the private sector.
Bottom-line: We have never doubted the potential of the Caribbean region, and news like this only confirms it.
However, like we have said before, it is important for the government to plan every project ahead and make sure to develop a very detailed prior consultation process with communities, which especially in La Guajira, are very skeptical of the industry.