Soltec signs two contracts for the construction of 420 MW projects in Chile and Colombia
The projects feature the SF7 Bifacial tracker which is capable of obtaining 2.1% of energy. Construction of the plants will take place in 2022. In addition to the supply, Soltec will carry out other plant construction services and facilitate the hiring of local personnel.
Soltec has supplied 420 MW of its SF7 Bifacial tracker and will provide other construction services at two plants in Chile and Colombia. Construction of these plants began in December 2021 and will be completed in 2022.
In addition to supplying its SF7 Bifacial tracker, capable of delivering an additional 2.1% of power, Soltec will provide other construction services for the plant. This will ensure that all work is carried out in the most efficient manner for the plant thanks to its extensive experience in similar work at the project locations.
The start-up of the works will be carried out by local personnel thanks to collaboration agreements with the administrations of nearby towns. Soltec thus maintains its commitment to generate employment and wealth in the environment as one of the principles of 'ecovoltaics'.
The Spanish company is committed to making solar plants in a responsible way and minimising their impact on the environment, respecting biodiversity and the environment of the area. In addition, following another of the principles of 'ecovoltaics', Soltec incorporates in all its plants, in addition to local staff, material purchased from local businesses, so that not only contributes to stimulating the local economy, but also reduces the carbon footprint of transport and travel.
In this line, Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec, said: "our priority when launching a project is to revert in the greatest possible benefit for the nearby population and for society in general. At Soltec we are aware of the necessary energy transition and, thanks to projects like these, we can say that we are contributing to the increasing presence of renewable energy".
Morales also wanted to highlight his satisfaction with the construction of these two projects: "it is great news for us to continue collaborating with Enel Green Power in countries that are so important to us right now. Both Chile, where we have been working for years, and Colombia, where we have just entered and which we know has great potential in renewable energies, are going to be two vital poles in the necessary energy reconversion".
Soltec began its journey in Chile in 2014, when it opened an office in the country and developed its first project in Latin America: Diego de Almagro. In addition, in 2015 Soltec developed in Chile the first bifacial tracker specifically designed for bifacial modules for the La Silla astronomical observatory. This 1.72 MWp photovoltaic plant had an experimental character and laid the foundations for bifacial tracking technology. In this way, La Silla became an exceptional project through which Soltec began to study bifacial tracking.
Last October, Powertis, a company dedicated to the development of solar photovoltaic projects belonging to Soltec Power Holdings, was awarded 100 MW in Colombia in the renewable energy auction organised by the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy.