Uruguay to develop renewables in rural areas

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.

Uruguay-renewablesAuthorities 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


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