Roundup: Solar, rural works, reserve contracts

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A 300kV solar power farm will be installed on the grounds of the Salto Grande hydroelectric dam in Uruguay, the government reported.

The Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) will finance the project, which will supply the national grid, industry and energy minister Daniel Martínez announced.

Uruguay's national energy and nuclear technology department (DNETN) presented the project, which is part of the country's efforts to diversify its energy matrix, to JICA earlier this year, Martínez said.

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Peru's energy and mines ministry has signed contracts totaling 84.4mn soles (US$27.8mn) to carry out rural electrification projects in regions Ancash, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Cajamarca and Piura.

The works will begin shortly and benefit 91,000 residents in 693 communities, the ministry said in a statement.


And Panama's public services regulator Asep announced it will accept comments through August 3 on a proposal that would modify commercial rules for the wholesale power market.

The proposal would allow power producers to sign energy reserve contracts with other producers with the aim of making the market more flexible, the watchdog said in a statement.

A public hearing has been scheduled for August 6.