President inaugurates Uyuni Photovoltaic Solar Plant

Monday, September 10, 2018

This Bolivian government statement was published using an automatic translation system.

President Evo Morales inaugurated the photovoltaic solar plant on Saturday, the largest in the country that was built with an investment of at least 62 million dollars and is located on 105 hectares.

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"Today we inaugurate the Uyuni Photovoltaic Solar Plant in the province of Antonio Quijarro, Potosí, diversifying the energy matrix with alternative generation sources, making #Bolivia the energetic heart of the south," he said in his Twitter account.

The photovoltaic plant was built in the Uyuni region, in the Antonio Quijarro province.

Morales stressed that it is the largest solar plant in the country, which demanded an investment of 62 million dollars and is located on 105 hectares (which could be expanded to 180) provided by the Government of Potosí free of charge.

The plant will generate 60 MW, which represents half of the current demand for electricity in the department of Potosí.

It is expected that with this plant they will generate 50% of the energy demand of the department of Potosí.

Morales highlighted being surprised by the signs of affection that shows that the Bolivian and Potosian people are united and with that unity everything is possible as the delivery of this solar energy plant, the largest in all of Bolivia.

He recalled that in 2005 there was an internal demand of at least 700 megawatts, now there are 1500 nationally.

"We are electrifying Bolivia and there are new industries," the president said, noting that it will generate between 2,100 and 3,000 megawatts, a situation that will allow electricity to be exported to Argentina.

He informed that the power line from Bolivia to Argentina is installed and 100 megawatts will be exported to that country next year.

He mentioned that this year the so-called combined cycles will be installed in Tarija, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba.

He assured that energy is guaranteed to assemble industries and factories, taking into account that in La Paz, Cochabamba, Potosí and other regions hydroelectric plants are built.