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will lead Latin America in renewable energy,
Oct 20, 2014 - Monique Avila - pv-tech.org
The president of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet said the country
will aim to become a leader in renewable energy.
America at a Climate Crossroads
Sep 17, 2014 - Analysis by Susan McDade - www.ipsnews.net
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - World leaders gathered at the Climate
Change Summit during the United Nations General Assembly on Sep. 23 will
have a crucial opportunity to mobilise political will and advance solutions
to climate change.
the Charge in Mexico’s Renewable
Sep 17, 2013 - Vince Font - renewableenergyworld.com
Utah, USA -- August 11 was an auspicious day
for Mexico. Some seventy-six years after the
government nationalized the country’s
oil industry, President Enrique Peña
Nieto signed into law an energy reform package
that many are saying will have a transformative
impact on the economy of Mexico.
- Colombia-Panama Power Grid: Project to Restart
Transmission Line After Two-Year Hiatus
Jul 26, 2014 - Anjalee Khemlani - latinpost.com
After a two-year hiatus, a project to build
transmission line to connect the Colombian
power grid to Panama and provide more electricity
to Central America has been restarted.
generate 84 percent of Uruguay's energy
Jun 12, 2014 - Yahoo.com
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's
government said on Thursday that 84 percent
of its energy last year came from renewable
solar plant in Central America inaugurated
May 28, 2014 - globalpost.com
Guatemala City, May 28 (EFE).- Spanish developer
Gran Solar, Guatemala's Grupo Green and Swiss investor
Ecosolar on Wednesday inaugurated Guatemala's first
solar power plant.
- Chile Installs Record-Breaking 150MW of PV in Q1, 380MW Under Construction
Apr 7,2014 - Mike Munsell - greentechmedia.com
Four major projects came on-line, giving Chile a promising start to the year.
- SunEdison announces financial close on largest merchant solar project in Latin America
Apr 1, 2014
- Lucy Woods - pv-tech.org
SunEdison has announced financial close on a 50MW solar plant in Chile, which it claims is Latin America’s largest operational PV plant and also one of the biggest PV projects in the world operating without subsidies.
America's Largest Solar Power Plant Goes Online
Mar 28, 2014 - insideclimatenews.org
Latin America's largest solar power plant, a facility
with 39 MW of generating capacity, has gone online
in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California
- Abengoa To Develop South America's Largest Solar Thermal Plant
Jan 10, 2014 - Solar Industry
Abengoa has been selected by the Ministry of Energy of the Chilean Government and Corporacion de Fomento de la Produccion (Corfo) to develop a 110 MW solar plant in Chile.
- Chile to build 110MW CSP tower
Jan 10, 2014 - Lucy Woods - pv-tech.org
Chile’s Ministry of Energy and government agency for entrepreneurship, COFO, has awarded a tender for South America’s first concentrated solar power (CSP) plant.
- Bolivia plans first megawatt-scale PV plant
Jan 08, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe - pv-tech.org
The Bolivian government has announced that US$11 million will be invested to build the country’s first megawatt-scale solar power station.
- Latin America Report: Chile's Road To Solar Grid Parity
Sep 11, 2013 - James Montgomery, Associate Editor - renewableenergyworld.com
New Hampshire, USA -- Chile has become one of the planet's most promising solar markets, leading a wave of regions that will begin achieving grid parity, where solar is at equal cost or cheaper than traditional energy sources, in the near future. High electricity prices ($0.15-0.25/kWh), high irradiation, and rising energy demand all play in Chile's favor, but connection and policy hurdles remain if the country wants to really start tapping into that resource.
- Chile sets revised 20% by 2025 renewable energy target
By Andy Colthorpe - 05 September 2013 - pvtech.org
The Chilean senate has voted this week on revised targets for renewable energy production, making a unanimous decision in favour of aiming for producing 20% of the nation’s energy from renewable sources by 2025.
- The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America
September, 2013 - WolrdWatch Institute - worldwatch.org
With joint support from the Climate Development Knowledge Networkand the Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America, and in close cooperation with the INCAE Business School, the Worldwatch Institute has completed the most comprehensive and up-to-date status survey and gap assessment of renewable energy in Central America.
- 500,000 households to be solar powered in Peru
By Lucy Woods - 10 July 2013
500,000 households are to be provided with solar panels via Peru’s National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program (NPHEP), which aims to provide 95% of Peru with energy, by 2016.
- Latin America Report: Mexico Just Scratching
the Surface of Solar Demand
Feb 20, 2013 - renewableenergyworld.com
Hampshire, USA -- With huge swaths of flat
desert surfaces and tons of sunlight, Mexico
is a prime location for solar power, even though
potential financial backers are struggling
to adequately understand the advantages of
solar PV or risk evaluation.
- Update: Sky Solar to invest US$900 million into Chilean market
Jul 13, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury - pv-tech.orgk
Chinese company Sky Solar will be a conduit to help form a strategic partnership for bilateral free trade between China and Chile. CEO Amy Zhang recently attended a banquet hosted by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in the capital, Santiago, an event also attended by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his entourage.
- Solaria to develop 50MW of PV projects throughout Argentina
Jul 4, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann- pv-tech.org
Solaria Energía y Medio Ambiente is planning to develop upto 50MW of PV projects in Argentina, the company has announced.
- Solarpack lands contract to supply energy to Collahuasi copper mine in Chile
Jul 3, 2012 - Syanne Olson- pv-tech.org
Spain-based Solarpack Corporacion Tecnologica was recently awarded a contract to supply energy to northern Chile’s Collahuasi copper mine. According to a statement emailed to Bloomberg from Compania Minera Dona Ines de Collahuasi, the company will deliver 60,000MWh of energy a year from two solar plants, beginning in Q4 2013.
- Costa Rica's 'green economy' shows that money can grow on trees
Jun 26, 2012 - Ina Porras - guardian.co.uk
A creative approach to sustainable development includes paying for environmental resources, such as forests and water
- Sky Solar plans to enter Chilean PV market with 300MW project
Jun 26, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann- pv-tech.org
Chinese PV company Sky Solar is planning to invest in a 300MW PV project in Chile, according to a report by Reuters.
- Cuba Focuses Efforts on Renewable Energy
Jun 11, 2012 - energycentral.com
Cuba looks forwards to adding a 16.5 percent renewable energy contribution to the country's energy output as a crucial factor for security, sustainability and sovereignty.
- South America and the Caribbean to receive US$600 million funding for renewable energy projects
Mar 19, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury - pv-tech.org
The Inter-American and Development Bank (IDB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have entered a co-financing agreement worth US$600 million to invest in renewable private-sector projects in South America and the Caribbean.
- Nicaragua powers up on green energy
Feb 23, 2012 - PRONicaragua - renewableenergyfocus.com
What was once a weakness has become one of the country's strengths. The transformation of Nicaragua's energy sector could well become a case study for other countries.
- Wind Could Become Brazil's Second Power Generation Source in 2015
Jan 31, 2012 - Ivan Castano - renewableenergyworld.com
BRAZIL -- It's one of those stories everyone's talking about, at least in Brazil's wind energy space. And it should come as no surprise. Under its newly launched energy expansion plan, the government intends to boost installed wind power generation capacity to 11.5 GW by 2020 from a mere 1.5 GW now, bringing new and exciting investment opportunities for developers and entrepreneurs.
- Carbon War Room releases Livestock Report
Aug 19, 2011 - Guy Pinjuv, Ph.D., Lead Analyst and Matthew Cullinen, Editor - carbonwarroom.com
Over the next decade and beyond, Brazil will rely heavily on the clearing of tropical forests to make way for the expansion of livestock rangeland.
- UN says green energy investment at record level
Aug 11, 2011 - google.com
PARIS — Investment in renewable energy last year amounted to a record 211 billion dollars, a rise of 32 percent over 2009 and 540 percent over 2004, a UN-backed report said on Thursday.
- Ecuador adopts feed-in tariffs
June 8, 2011 - Paul Gipe - renewableenergyfocus.com
The programme by the South American country of 15 million people includes multiple technologies, including solar photovoltaics (PV). Biomass-biogas and hydro projects are further differentiated by size.
- Carribbean-wide power grid under discussion in Puerto Rico
May 15, 2011 - Karen Hollish - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - The Virgin Islands Daily News, St. Thomas - energycentral.com
Officials from islands across the Caribbean gathered in Puerto Rico recently to discuss interconnecting utilities to reduce electricity costs, promote reliability and reduce fossil fuel use in their home communities.
- Doors Wide Open for Renewable Energy
May 11, 2011 - Danilo Valladares - ipsnews.net
GUATEMALA CITY, Heavy reliance on petroleum imports, the need for electricity in rural areas, and the ongoing effort towards sustainable development have focussed Central America's attention on renewable energy. But that doesn't mean there isn't opposition.
- Skyline Solar’s new LCPV system to be installed at 500kW power plant in Mexico
Mar 27, 2011 - Syanne Olson - pv-tech.org
In conjunction with debuting its new Skyline X14 system, Skyline Solar announced that the system would be used in a 500kW concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) project in Durango, Mexico. DelSol Systems, which will lead the construction on the solar installation, asserts that this will be the largest CPV plant in Latin America to date.
- Four Latin American countries to bolster energy integration
Mar 09, 2011 - Xinhua - energycental.com
LIMA, Government ministers from Peru, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador agreed on Friday to advance an electricity interconnection project to strengthen energy integration and security in the region.
- Spanish group to build wind farm in Honduras
Aug 11, 2010 - EFE
Spanish firms Gamesa and Iberdrola Ingenieria y Construccion announced Monday they won a contract to build a 102 MW wind farm in Honduras.
- Latin, South America turning to renewable energy
Aug 11, 2010 - Steven K. Paulson - AP - Energy Central
Latin American and South American countries are turning to renewable energy and power sharing to serve their rapidly growing populations, taking advantage of equatorial sunshine and sprouting wind farms.
- Puerto Rico Aggressively Pursuing Renewable Energy
Jul 30, 2010 - Puerto Rico - Department of Economic Development and Commerce - energycentral.com
In order to promote and facilitate the development of renewable energy sources in Puerto Rico, the Government of Puerto Rico is establishing and implementing a series of new policies that will create the necessary legal framework to spearhead said development.
- Chile’s Atacama may become Latin America’s Desertec
May 24, 2010 - Sonia Credencia - latinobusinessreview.com
According to numerous studies, Chile’s Atacama desert receives more solar radiation than any other desert in the world, giving the desert the potential to be transformed into Latin America’s Desertec.
- Brazil puts 399 wind farms, 79 other energy projects out for bids
Apr 30, 2010 - EFE
The Brazilian government put 399 wind farm projects and 79 other renewable energy projects up for bidding, with the auction expected to be held in two months, the state-owned Energy Research Corporation, or EPE, said.
- Colombia says willing to export electricity to drought-hit Ecuador
Apr 13, 2010 - Xinhua
Colombia is ready to sell electricity to Ecuador to help ease the power shortage caused by a severe drought in the neighboring country, Minister of Mines and Energy Hernan Martinez said Monday.
- Recovery prospects dim for Haiti electric utility
Feb 24, 2010 - Associated Press
Six weeks after a catastrophic earthquake flattened downtown Port-au-Prince, power has returned to nearly half the city's neighborhoods.
- Jatropha revival: SG releases first elite cultivar; 350 gallons per acre at $1.39/gallon, optimized for Guatemala
Feb 22, 2010 - biofueldigest.com
In California, SG Biofuels announced the launch of JMax 100, billed as the “world’s first elite jatropha cultivar”, optimized for production in Guatemala with yields, based on trialing of the cultivar on several thousand acres, of 350 gallons per acre and a production cost of $1.39 per gallon for jatropha oil.
- 40% wind energy in the Falklands
Feb 18, 2010 - Rnewable Energy Focus
The Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic have commissioned three new wind turbines that will supply 40% of the settlement’s electricity.
- Venezuela to mull electricity offers from Colombia, Brazil
Feb 17, 2010 -- EFE
The Venezuelan government said it will consider electricity offers from Colombia and Brazil, a day after indicating the country could find its way out of a severe power crisis with domestic supplies, state-run media reported Wednesday.
Mexican Cities to Benefit from FedEx-EMBARQ Transport Collaboration
Feb 5, 2010 - CSR wire
The National Network for Sustainable Urban Mobility in Mexico was launched today by FedEx Corp. and its operating companies with EMBARQ - The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport.
- Shell & Cosan To Form Ethanol JV in Brazil
Feb 3, 2010 - Renewable Energy World
Shell International Petroleum Company Limited and Cosan S.A. this week signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU), under which the companies plan to form a US $12 billion joint venture (JV) in Brazil for the production of ethanol, sugar and power, and the supply, distribution and retail of transportation fuels.
completes assembly of LatAm's largest wind farm
Nov 23, 2009 - Energy Central
Spain's Acciona Energia said Monday it completed
the assembly of the Eurus wind farm in Mexico, an
energy facility with total potential generating
capacity of 250.5 MW and costing $550 million.
to sell electric-powered vehicles in Mexico City
Oct 29, 2009 - EFE
Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Corp. and the Mexico
City government reached an agreement "to begin the
large-scale sale of cutting-edge, electric-powered
vehicles in the capital by the end of 2011," officials
placing its bets on solar energy
Oct 5, 2009 - EFE
Nicaragua intends to become less dependent on electricity
from fossil fuels in the short term, and to do that
the country is carrying out solar development projects
along the Caribbean coast and in rural areas, the
deputy energy minister said Monday.
rolls out region's 1st hydrogen-powered bus
Jul 1, 2009 - EFE
Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy and Sao Paulo's
Empresa Metropolitana de Transportes Urbanos presented
here on Wednesday Latin America's first hydrogen-powered
bus, a vehicle that emits no polluting gases.
signs deals for two wind farms
Jun 10, 2009 - EFE
Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE,
said it has signed separate contracts with a unit
of Spanish power utility Iberdrola and a Mexican
consortium for the construction of two wind power
plants in the southern state of Oaxaca.
Moves Forward with Renewable Energy Initiatives
May 14, 2009 - Ministry of People’s Power for Energy
and Petroleum, Press Unit of the Bolivarian Republic
of Venezuela to the United States
The Ministry of People´s Power for Energy and Petroleum
(MENPET) through the Directorate of Renewable Energy
and the Foundation for the Development of Electric
Service (FUNDELEC), has moved forward with important
initiatives in the national project “Simon Bolivar
First Socialist Plan”.
Revolucion Energetica: Cuba's Energy Revolution
Apr 9, 2009 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
A new revolution is sweeping the island of Cuba,
which is making massive progress on energy efficiency
and renewable generation. Indeed, such is the success
of the two-year old programme on this small island
of 11 million people, that many other countries
could learn from its efforts to be energy independent
and curb climate change. Laurie Guevara-Stone reports.
(Photographs by Mario Alberto Arrastia Avila.)
firm to invest $1 bn in Chilean wind farms
Mar 26, 2009 -EFE
Ireland's Mainstream Renewable Power plans to invest
more than $1 billion in Chile over the next five
years to build wind farms, the company's co-founder
and CEO, Eddie O'Connor, said.
Suez continues wind energy developments in Latin
Feb 13, 2009 -- Datamonitor
French power and natural gas major GDF Suez
has announced that it is continuing its expansion
in renewable energy through developments in wind
power in Latin America.
America Energy: Renewables, Integration & Investment
Dec 12, 2008 - Institute of the Americas
Central America has a population of approximately
39 million people with a regional average GDP per
capita of US$2000; varying from US$4500 in Costa
Rica to $500 in Nicaragua. Over half of the population
lives in poverty and more than one in every two
of those who are poor live in extreme poverty. In
addition, Central America is a net importer of hydrocarbons
with only Guatemala and Belize counting a small
amount of oil production. Hydroelectricity has dominated
the electricity generation of the region but in
recent years there has been a strong growth of thermoelectric
generation using diesel, natural gas and coal. The
region’s main source of energy for household use
remains traditional biomass.
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