Solar Project in Uribia

Energy, Regulation & Policy, Renewables    Nov 22, 2021 5:16 PM

The Vice Minister of Energy, Miguel Lotero, announced that the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) approved a solar project in the municipality of Uribia (La Guajira).

The entity approved resources to finance the country’s largest rural electrification project with solar panels, in the municipality of Uribia, El Heraldo reported.

This project will connect, for the first time, 4,009 families in the municipality of Castillete, Guarerpa, Nazareth, Puerto Estrella, Puerto López and Siapana, all located in Alta Guajira, to electricity services.

The total approved investment will be CoP$57.1B from FAZNI and CoP$15B from royalties generated by mining and energy sector activities.

Lotero explained that solar panels will be installed in the houses, which will provide reliable and environmentally friendly energy.

“The resources are approved and the project is starting its formal phase, to be ready in 1H22, because it is an initiative that will enter into operation before the end of the development period,” Lotero said.

The Vice Minister added that a sustainability scheme for solar solutions was also guaranteed, which will maintain, replace and be permanently monitored by the operator.

“This is an important point that had not been implemented before, because the panel was installed and there was no follow-up for repairs or changes if damaged,” he said.

In addition, in the 56th session of OCAD Paz, nine projects were approved to provide electricity to 3,193 families in eight departments: Bolívar, Caquetá, Cesar, La Guajira, Magdalena, Meta, Putumayo and Sucre.

Bottom-Line: Colombia is discussing if continue with the oil and gas exploration, but the extractive sector plays a fundamental role in promoting the inclusion of new energy sources in the country, through royalties. This news is proof of that.

Authorities must guarantee the proper use of these resources to continue benefiting more Colombians in areas that are difficult to access.

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