The Hydroelectric Executive Commission of the Río Lempa (CEL), will invest in six projects, within which are wind, solar and photovoltaic power generation. The projects are listed in the government's energy policy.
Tóchez Irvin, President of CEL told Elmundo.com.sv that "... these projects are not new, they have been under study for several years and it is hoped that under CEL’s management they will accelerate and come to fruition in the coming years. "
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El Salvador announced a renewable energy investment plan which will increase the share of this type of power to 70% of the energy matrix.
The President of the Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL), Leopoldo Samour, explained that "this will increase energy production by approximately 300 megawatts, coming from use of our natural resources and in order to do this we are planning a global investment of $916 million. "
The photovoltaic electricity generation project developed by CEL confirms the great potential for solar energy production in the country.
The project being developed by El Salvador's Lempa River Hydroelectric Executive Commission (known as CEL in Spanish) will evaluate different kinds of photovoltaic energy for future investments in the country.
The site in Santa Ana will be put out to tender and should be under construction in 2015; its installed capacity will be 42 MW.
The Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL) is looking to build a wind farm in the municipality of Metapan, Santa Ana, where 28 wind turbines each producing 1.5 megawatts, will be installed, which together will eventually generate a total of 42 megawatts , which translates to 126.5 GWh of energy per year, reported Laprensagrafrica.com.
El Salvador needs to diversify its energy supply, increasing power generation from renewable sources.
In order to diversify, the country needs to venture into renewable energy generation, specifically solar power which could be developed quickly.
The country already has the necessary studies to develop this technology, said Rainer Schroer, director of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Central America at the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ).