Renewable Energy Potential in El Salvador

A document, prepared by the JICA, identifies El Salvador’s potential for developing renewable energy projects.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

El Salvador’s potential to develop renewable energy generation projects has been identified in a Master Plan of the same name, which will be presented officially by the National Energy Council (CNE) in March.

The Master Plan has taken a year to prepare by specialists from the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA), who put the finishing touches to the document after comments were made by the National Energy Council (CNE).

Luis Reyes, executive secretary of the government entity, revealed some aspects of the report. According to the document, El Salvador has great potential to implement wind power projects and small hydro stations. There are also opportunities to develop fotovoltaic projects, such as solar energy and biomass.

"Mario Rodriguez, director of development of renewable resources at the CNE, said he has identified 12 areas in the country suitable for power generation based on wind and 200 points for generation from small hydro power plants with 200 kilowatt capacity," reported

In June, the National Energy Council (CNE) expects to begin a tender process for the first of the renewable energy projects.

The Master Plan will be officially launched in March.

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