Argentina has seen the connection of what is said to be the country’s second utility-scale PV power plant.
The 1MW Terrazas del Portezuelo plant, commissioned by Spanish firm Ingeteam in September, is also the first PV project of its scale in the San Luis province in central Argentina.
The project was built by local firm Coradir and will supply power to buildings occupied by the provincial government, which funded the project to the tune of ARS37 million (US$4.3 million).
In addition to commissioning work, Ingeteam also supplied six of its inverters to the 4,080-module array.
Ingeteam said it was hoping for further orders in San Luis, which it said had plans for 3GW of new power capacity up to 2030. The province has also recently signed off a bill to promote renewable energy deployment up to 2025.
Solar has so far been slow to take off in Argentina, despite plans unveiled by the national government last year to introduce incentives to give the country’s deployment of renewables a shot in the arm.
However, German equipment manufacturer Schmid is currently building a 71MW PV production plant in the province of San Juan, suggesting installations in the country are set to pick up.