Colombia’s largest solar park, Guayepo I & II, recently began operations, injecting energy into the National Interconnected System (SIN). Managed by Enel Green Power, this significant development in Colombia’s renewable energy sector highlights the country’s progress, as the park is not only the largest solar facility under construction in Colombia but also one of the most expansive in South America.
Investment and capacity of Colombia’s largest solar park
The project, with an investment exceeding $290 million, spans over 1,110 hectares. It features more than 820,600 solar panels, which positions the park to generate an estimated 1,030 GWh per year. This capacity is sufficient to provide electricity to over 1.46 million people, roughly equivalent to the population of Barranquilla.
Environmental and economic impacts
Guayepo I & II is set to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 650,000 tons annually, aligning with Colombia’s commitment to environmental preservation and transition to sustainable energy sources. The construction phase of the park has generated over 1,500 jobs, significantly impacting the local economy.
In a strategic move towards sustainable practices, the park has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Bavaria. This agreement ensures that the solar park will supply clean energy for 15 years, aiding Bavaria in producing its beers entirely with renewable energy.
The operational commencement of the Guayepo I & II Solar Park is a clear indicator of Colombia’s dedication to expanding its renewable energy infrastructure, showcasing the country’s potential in harnessing solar power for sustainable development and economic growth.