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 Elmundo.com.sv.
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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The concept is part of the "Master Plan for the development of renewable energies" which sets out a strategy in power generation for the next 15years.
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.
JICA, the Japanese Cooperation Agency, will finance a series of studies to develop a renewable energy master plan.
This cooperation agreement will be useful for identifying places and sources of alternative energy. They will consider geothermal, hydraulic, sun and wind energy, among others.
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).
Electricity generation by small plants that use renewable resources will not encourage a decline in consumer rates.
This was admitted by the director of development of renewable energy at the National Energy Council (CNE), Mario Rodriguez, who presented to representatives of the electricity sector the content of a Master Plan for Development of Renewable Energy.