President Humala Inaugurates T-Solar Group PV Plants in Peru

Publicado el 31 oct. 2012

-The power plants at La Joya and Majes (Arequipa) are T‐Solar's first business project in Latin America, with a capex of over $165m.

- Marta Martínez, T‐Solar CEO, thanked the Peruvian government for its support and for its commitment to clean, sustainable energy.

- President Humala was accompanied by the Peruvian minister for Energy & Mining; regional and local authorities, and representatives from business and industry.

The president of the government of the Republic of Peru, Ollanta Humala, formally opened the T‐Solar Group photovoltaic solar‐power plants in the Majes and La Joya districts, located in the Arequipa region of southern Peru. Known as the Repartición and the Majes plants, they will have an output of 80GWh a year. This is enough electricity to serve a town of up to 80,000 inhabitants. The plants were connected to Peru's national grid in July 2012.

The two new plants, with an installed capacity of 44MW, are the first major photovoltaic solar‐power project in Latin America. They are the outcome of an investment of more than $165m.

Marta Martínez, T‐Solar CEO, thanked the Peruvian government and the local and regional authorities in Arequipa for their support. "The T‐Solar Group is putting down roots in Peru. We are most grateful for the help we have received in this project from the government of Peru and its institutions. The Ministry of Energy & Mining has played a fundamental role in moving it forward, as have the local and regional authorities in Arequipa," she said.

The opening ceremony was attended by the minister of Energy & Mining, Jorge Merino Tafur, who accompanied president Humala. The local authorities were represented by the mayor of Arequipa, Alfredo Zegarra and the regional minister, Henrry Percy Ibañez Barreda. Several representatives of Peru's financial and business interests also attended.

Entities from the United States (OPIC), the Netherlands (FMO) and France (PROPARCO) were involved in the funding to build and commission the Repartición and Majes photovoltaic plants. The project has been considered an example of best practices in international funding. 


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