A study by the National Energy Council (CNE) in conjunction with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) outlines a strategy for the next 15 years in the development of technologies using renewable resources.
"One of the main conclusions of the study is that the country you can support the installation of small hydro stations, given the abundance of water which it has. The document details the potential for implementing different renewable generation technologies (wind, biomass, photovoltaic, and others), and financial feasibility analysis and technical recommendations," reports Laprensagrafica.com.
El Salvador also has potential for photovoltaic projects, the study said.
The CNE also announced that the Development Bank of El Salvador will provide funding for these projects.
The new mayor will maintain the ban on power plants using coal or bunker fuel, but accepted those running on clean energy.
The new mayor of the municipality of La Union, Ezequiel Milla, has amended a decree prohibiting the installation of power plants that used coal, liquefied natural gas or any derivation of hydrocarbons as fuel, which was not conducive to investment in the city.
In the first five months of the year the country bought nineteen times more energy than the in the whole of 2012 and in 2015 it is projected that 200 MW will be purchased abroad.
While it is expected that in the coming years several renewable energy generation projects will start up, Panama is already planning to alleviate possible shortages in the short term by importing energy from neighboring countries.
There are new conversations between the Honduran Association of Small Producers of Renewable Energy and the National Electricity Company.
The interest shown by the new administration of the National Company of Electric Energy (ENEE, Spanish acronym) in renewable energy production, could reignite 25 to 30 projects, that once the required paperwork is done, could be operating in 18 to 24 months, outputting 150 megawatts.
More than 70 investors have acquired the rules for the tender aimed at generating energy on a small scale.
"So far we have registered over 70 projects, and this could mean we end up with double the amount of supply we would have had based on the projections of 15 MW. In the end this is going to open a gap enabling the entry of renewable energy into the mix," said Carlos Najera, head of Renewable Energy at Consejo Nacional de Energía (CNE).
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