Uruguay will implement rural renewable energy projects in each of its 19 departments through wind, photovoltaic, biomass, biofuel or biogas solutions, national energy director Olga Otegui has said, quoted in a press release recently.
Authorities of state-run utility Administracion Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Electricas (UTE) and the government have recently visited a pilot 50-kW photovoltaic system that reduces diesel generation in the Cerros de Vera community. The system cost USD 400,000 (EUR 361,000) and supplies a micro network, including 58 homes, 10 commercial customers and street lights.
The pilot project was developed with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, or AECID, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the University of the Republic.
UTE currently supplies over 90% of the national power demand through renewable sources, mainly hydropower, as well as wind and biomass. The country expects to cover nearly 97% of its demand with renewable energy.
By Diana Hristova | http://www.renewables.seenews.com