Carrasco Airport is the first in Latin America to inaugurate a photovoltaic plant

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

This release from the government of Uruguay was published using an automatic translation system.

"This is one of the more than 90 energy microgeneration plants that Uruguay has," said Minister Cosse, on Tuesday, the 7th, at the opening of the first solar photovoltaic generation plant in the Carrasco airport. the region that demanded an investment of 5 million dollars of private capital.

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The ministers of National Defense, Jorge Menéndez, were also present; of Housing, Territorial Planning and the Environment, Eneida De León; the mayor of Canelones, Yamandú Orsi; as well as executives of Puerta del Sur SA, concessionaire of the air terminal, led by its director, Diego Arrosa.

"This installation is a solar power plant with 0.5 megawatts of power, of microgeneration, and Uruguay has an installed capacity of 200 megawatts of photovoltaic solar energy," said Cosse.

"It is an important private enterprise, because it is installed at the largest entrance of foreigners and compatriots that arrive in the country, and receives them with renewable energy, Uruguay is the country of energy efficiency, and this also makes the construction of the country brand, "he analyzed.

The minister highlighted the initiative of the firm Puerta del Sur, "which has a track record in energy efficiency, and that, in 2016, the ministry has rewarded, due to the responsible, safe and efficient management of energy."

"This inauguration marks the path that the country has been following: 12 years ago, the generation of electricity was centralized in four hydroelectric plants and one thermal, today, electricity generation is distributed in the 19 departments," he said.

"It is important to promote the renewable energy industry, and we are making every effort to get a solar panel construction plant installed in the country," he said.

Reducing the carbon footprint

In as much, Arrosa explained that in its first stage, the solar plant occupies a land of a hectare to the entrance of the terminal. The enclave is made up of 1,540 photovoltaic panels. Its metallic structure has state-of-the-art solar tracking technology, which allows the movement of the panels during the day and improves by 30% the capture of the sun's energy compared to traditional fixed panels. The installation was built by a consortium made up of Smart Green Uruguay and Ciemsa.

The project is aligned with the goals set by the concessionaire in terms of sustainability and with the worldwide order issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization to work to mitigate the carbon footprint and prevent pollution, with a projection to 2030. That year, the The international organization estimates that the number of aircraft passengers in the world will double.