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Argentina’s energy department has given the thumbs up to a 20MW solar project in the western province of the country’s wine capital Mendoza, the director of energy for the province, Alejandro Burlot, tells Photon.
Burlot revealed to Photon that the project will be run by a consortium made up of Argentinean, Spanish and Asian firms. Initially, the project was for a crystalline silicon power plant. However, developers are now said to be considering the use of thin-film technology.
Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2012. But this is on the understanding that approval has been sought from CAMMESA, Argentina’s administrator of the wholesale electricity market, as well as from local authorities.
Burlot also revealed that the project is expected to secure a 15-year power purchase agreement but the purchase price has not been disclosed.
South America has seen a number of solar developments in recent months, and countries such as Argentina have already established feed-in tariffs for solar power. Recent investments in Argentina include projects by Solaria Energía y Medio Ambiente who is planning to develop up to 50MW of PV projects in the country.