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Published on August 3rd, 2014 | by Adam Johnston


SolarReserve 20 MW El Salvador Solar Power Plant Is El Salvador’s 1st Utility-Scale Plant

August 3rd, 2014 by  

Originally published on Solar Love.

SolarReserve is bringing 20 MW of utility-scale solar power to El Salvador’s Acajutla plant, while advancing its share of the Latin American solar market.

Image Credit: SolarReserve/PR NewsWire

Image Credit: SolarReserve/PR NewsWire

The Santa Monica, California–based company won El Salvador’s first ever utility-scale solar tender. The country’s energy and telecommunications regulator oversaw the bidding process.

SolarReserve sees Latin America as a good growth market, according to CEO Kevin Smith.

“Many Latin American countries, including El Salvador, have experience with renewable energy such as geothermal or hydroelectric. As demand for electricity continues to grow, Latin America represents a great opportunity for solar power development,” Smith said.

“With the region’s excellent solar resource and escalating and uncertain prices of fossil fuels, solar power makes more than just environmental sense – it makes economic sense. We look forward to continuing our work on Acajutla and on our other photovoltaic and solar thermal projects in development in Latin America.”

Currently, SolarReserve has 800 MW of Latin American projects scheduled, including the Acajutla plant. The company is using  photovoltaic (PV), concentrated solar power (CSP), and hybrids (mixed PV and CSP systems) in creating potential around-the-clock clean energy solutions.

With analysts predicting 700 MW of new solar capacity in the region this year, and falling solar prices, SolarReserve, is well primed to boost its own portfolio of $1.8 billion, while adding to Latin America’s surging solar potential.

Source: PR Newswire

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is expected to complete the Professional Development Certificate in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto by December 2017. Adam recently completed his Social Media Certificate from Algonquin College Continuing & Online Learning. Adam also graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications in 2011. Adam owns a part-time tax preparation business. He also recently started up Salay Consulting and Social Media services, a part-time business which provides cleantech writing, analysis, and social media services. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or check out his business

  • JamesWimberley

    Th geothermal and hydro resources of the region mean that grid integration of solar can hardly be a problem. It nicely deals with the midday urban air-conditioning load.

    BTW, Kenya has connected the first 140 MW of the ultimately 280 MW Olkaria geothermal plant (link). Since geothermal has 95% availability, the new capacity is equivalent to almost a gigawatt of nameplate solar. Kenya is also investing in wind and (with considerable policy confusion – link) solar.

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