El Salvador seeks to build 100 MW of solar, wind power

El Salvador will solicit bids for 40 MW of wind farms and 60 MW of solar parks in November as the Central American nation seeks to diversify its energy supply from fossil-fired power generation.

Developers will compete for contracts to sell electric power for 20 years to local distributors and winners will be announced as soon as May 20, according to the country’s National Energy Council, a government agency that helps guide energy policy.

El Salvador is seeking to cut its dependence on oil and diesel, which were used to run about 47 percent of its grid’s generation capacity in 2011.

The solar projects will have to start producing power by October 1, 2015, and the wind projects by Oct. 1, 2016. The wind farms must have capacities between 5 MW and 40 MW.

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