Solar panels to bring more energy

Energy, Renewables    Feb 15, 2021 5:23 PM

Authorities announced a new mechanism to continue expanding the energy service through solar panels.

Colombia enabled a new mechanism for the network operators of the National Interconnected System (SIN) to continue bringing energy service to more homes.

The main goal is to bring energy through generation systems that are not connected to the SIN through physical distribution networks, HSB Noticias said.

The connection of these systems will be developed through logistics and service networks, which are responsible for providing the operation, administration, and maintenance service.

The Vice Minister of Energy, Miguel Lotero, said that more than 44,000 homes have received energy service for the first time, and about 14,000 were thanks to solar panels.

“With this new tool, we will continue to transform the lives of Colombian families and expand energy coverage,” Lotero said.

The government authorized the allocation of resources from the Financial Support Fund for the implementation of these expansion projects in the Interconnected Rural Zones (FAER)

Authorities seek to promote the participation of large operators with extensive experience within isolated areas, recognizing the investment and Administration, Operation and Maintenance (AOM) costs incurred, which will be charged to the distribution activity.

Bottom-Line: Unconventional renewable energies have a great opportunity to demonstrate their ability to supply energy reliably and safely in the country through these projects in hard-to-reach areas.

This will create the basis for expanding the use of these energy sources in larger projects and in major cities in the medium and long term.

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