Bolivia’s first utility-scale solar power plant — and the largest storage-equipped hybrid PV-diesel project in the world — was built entirely using Yingli Green Energy solar PV panels, as revealed by recent reports.
To be specific — over 5 MW worth of panels (roughly 17,000 solar panels) were used to construct the new solar power plant. The solar panels were actually supplied by Yingli Green’s subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Spain. The project was engineered, constructed, and serviced, by Isotron — a prominent subsidiary of the energy company Isastur.
The project is expected to provide enough electricity to keep the lights on for more than 49,000 people in Bolivia. It’s located on 15 hectares of land just outside of remote city Cobija, in the state of Pando. Owing to the remote location, that region has relied heavily on diesel for electricity — an inefficient and relatively expensive means of providing electricity at the best of times — the new project addresses this issue.
The press release provides more:
EGSA (Empresa Electrica de Guaracachi SA), a subsidiary of ENDE (Empresa Nacional de Electricidad), carried out preliminary studies and basic engineering for the project.
The new solar power system incorporates both battery storage and diesel generation to ensure continuous access to electricity. It is expected to generate 7,500 MWh of clean power each year, meeting approximately 50% of regional demand. The power plant will offset more than 1.9 million liters of diesel fuel, which will result in significant energy cost savings for the Bolivian government.
“We are pleased to complete this project in partnership with Isotron of Bolivia, one of our long-term strategic partners. We believe this is a landmark reference project in Bolivia and globally due to its large scale, the combination of traditional power generation and energy storage with PV, and the number of connected consumers,” stated Mr Fernando Calisalvo, the Managing Director of Yingli Green Energy Spain.