First wind and photovoltaic tender after the blackout at the start of the year. Suarez: “The auction results mark an energy milestone for the country.

Colombia successfully closes its first auction of energy sources “unconventional“: Eight contracts for the long-term sale of electricity from five new wind farms and three photovoltaic power plants.

The announcement was made by Planning Unit of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, welcoming the conclusion of the call for tenders as the country’s entry into the “global renewable energy revolution”.

The new auction will allow Colombia to increase its green capacity from less than 50 MW to more than 2,200 MW by 2022. A leap in quality at a low price.

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La Guajira, wind power Colombia. Image: Estudioblau Shutterstock

Thanks to the low tendering mechanism, in fact, twenty-two distribution companies were awarded the purchase of energy at an average of 95 pesos per kilowatt hour (approximately $ 0.027 / kWh), which is close to the half of the average cost of bilateral production. contracts. Experts say the contracts will involve investments of around $ 2.2 billion.

The auction results mark an energy milestone for the country. It is the start of a revolution because it allows us to diversify our electricity mix, which is already very clean because 70% is hydroelectric energy, but at the same time it makes us vulnerable to climate variability and caused droughts. by phenomena like El Niño. . Now we can combine these sources of production and supplement them with the energy of the sun and the wind. In this way, we will have an increasingly clean, resistant and environmentally friendly mixture.

María Fernanda Suárez, Minister of Energy.

This is not something for sure, given the failure of the first auction, held last February, but with which the government reckoned. Colombia is part of the group of Latin nations that signed the pact for the renewable revolution; a voluntary agreement with which Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and, of course, Colombia have committed to collectively use at least 70% of energy clean by 2030.