Two weeks from the closing date, only 11 applications have been received to install self-production energy systems in homes.
Some attribute the lack of interest to the cost of installing the panels, as the return on investment is in the medium term.
Laprensagrafica.com reports that "...The initiative for self producers of renewable energy emerged as part of the policy to diversify sources of electricity in the country which is being carried out by the National Energy Council (CNE by its initials in Spanish) and other bodies.The idea is that people can generate their own energy and sell their surplus to distributors, for which they reserved 1MW... that wasdistributed among the seven distribution companies in the country according to their users. "
The DELSUR power distributorm company has announced it will publish the conditions for a tender on 10 February for the provision of 150 MW of renewable energy .
The design of the tender is being developed in coordination with the General Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications (Siget), and distribution companies, said Luis Reyes, executive secretary of the National Energy Council (CNE) to Elmundo.com.sv.
Two companies are carrying out feasibility studies in order to build two wind farms of 20 MW and 30 MW, in the departments of Santa Ana and Sonsonate, respectively.
Laprensagrafica.com reports that both companies are only at the stage of determining feasibility, measuring "... winds at different heights ...".Luis Reyes, executive secretary of the National Energy Council (CNE) said "... 'There is a company whose name cannot be mentioned, but there is a private company in the area of Metapán (Santa Ana) and they have a project for 20 megawatts (MW). '"
There are now twenty companies, both Salvadoran and from other countries that have purchased bidding rules for the supply of energy.
About 20 companies have acquired the bidding rules for the supply of 100 MW of power to be contracted out with two technologies of generation; they are 60 MW using photovoltaic systems and 40 MW using wind power.
30 companies have shown interest in participating in the tender for 40 MW of wind generation and 60 MW of solar photovoltaic generation.
Of all interested companies, 18 submitted comments on the bidding rules to the Consejo Nacional de Energía (CNE).
"A fair amount of observations were received from the companies who will participate in the tender, and adjustments have already been made (to the conditions for the tender for 100 MW)' confirmed Luis Reyes, executive secretary of the CNE.
More than 70 investors have acquired the rules for the tender aimed at generating energy on a small scale.
"So far we have registered over 70 projects, and this could mean we end up with double the amount of supply we would have had based on the projections of 15 MW. In the end this is going to open a gap enabling the entry of renewable energy into the mix," said Carlos Najera, head of Renewable Energy at Consejo Nacional de Energía (CNE).
Small scale power facilities will be allowed to bid in a tender to provide 15 MW of renewable energy.
The Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications (Siget), the National Energy Council (CNE) and electricity distribution companies announced the provisions and requirements for developers who generate up to 1,000 kW to connect to the network of distributors and deliver energy.
With an investment of $1.5 billion El Salvador could add 440 MW to the 204 MW already produced with geothermal energy sources.
The projections were made by Julio Valdivieso, president of the company LaGeo . Furthermore, Toshitaka Takeuchi, energy specialist at the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), said El Salvador could generate up to 644 megawatts (440 megawatts more than it already has as installed capacity).
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