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Uruguay has opened a second tender period for its 200MW solar energy plans.

In May the country announced the first stage of the process, which concluded on 2 July. The first day of the initial stage yielded three bids totalling 182MW of capacity.

A second round of bidding has now started and will expire on 2 September.

The government has earmarked US$400 million for the projects.

Successful bidders will receive a guaranteed 25-year purchase agreement with the state-owned utility UTE.

In March the government inaugurated the country’s first solar power plant. Owned by Uruguay’s energy regulator Dirección Nacional de Energia (DNE), the 481kWp installation was financed by the Japanese government.