Originally published on Sustainnovate.
By Henry Lindon
The South American country of Argentina has revealed new plans to develop up to 3 gigawatts (GW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects in the northern region of Jujuy. 3 GW, as in, 3,000 megawatts (MW).
The new solar energy plans were announced publicly by the country’s president Mauricio Macri (photo from the announcement above), and constitute part of Argentina’s plans to meet the climate change commitments made by its government last year at the COP21 talks in Paris.
The development plans will be supported partly via aid from the federal government there. Current plans call for the region of Jujuy to receive at least 8% of its electricity via renewable energy projects by 2017, and to receive at least 70% of these electricity needs 8–9 years from now.
In addition to Jujuy, the renewable energy promotion plan — dubbed “Plan Belgrano” — will see 10 provinces in northern Argentina receive benefit.
President Mauricio Macri commented: “Jujuy and Northern Argentina can be a place for the future generation of solar energy and is an example of what we can do for Argentina and the world.”
Image Credit: Government of Argentina