South America’s ‘biggest’ solar PV plants connect to grid

Two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, La Joya and Cayllom, developed by the Spanish group T-Solar, have been successfully connected to Peru’s national electricity network.

The solar installations have a combined capacity of 44 MW, which, according to reports, makes them the largest projects of their kind in the South American region.

The two plants will produce 80 GWh per year, which is enough electricity for 80 000 people. They both occupy an area of 206 hectares, according to reports.

The project financing has come from a number of sources.

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation contributed $131m, while the Netherlands Development Finance Company and the Institution Financiere de Developpement jointly provided $14.3m.

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