Ecopetrol (NYSE: EC) awarded AES Colombia the contract for the development of the Brisas Solar Eco-park in the municipality of Aipe, Huila.
This facility will join the Castilla and San Fernando parks, which are already in operation, La Republica reported.
The NOC said that the project will be developed under a 15-year power purchase agreement with AES Colombia. The goal will be to self-supply part of the energy demand of Ecopetrol’s production field operations in Huila.
The Eco-park will have an installed capacity of 26MW, which is equivalent to powering a population center of 35,000 inhabitants.
The company expects this facility to start operations in 4Q22.
The Brisas Eco-park will occupy an area of almost 20 hectares, where more than 48,000 solar panels with bifacial technology and a sun-tracking mechanism will be installed to increase efficiency.
Its entry into operation will prevent the emission of more than 216,000 tons of CO2 equivalent to the atmosphere during the 15 years of operation.
The Ecopetrol Group’s goal is to have a renewable energy portfolio of 400MW by 2023, of which it is estimated that 85% will come from solar energy through projects in Meta, Huila, Arauca, Santander, Bolívar, Sucre, Cundinamarca, Magdalena and Antioquia.
“This new eco-park is part of our roadmap to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050, a commitment we have made to contribute to climate change mitigation,” CEO Felipe Bayon said.
Bottom-Line: Oil companies continue to demonstrate their relevance to include renewable energies in their operations, being a key ally in the country’s energy transition process.