Enel builds Colombia’s largest solar power plant  

Published on Thursday, 24 May 2018

“The construction of El Paso is a key milestone in the development of the Enel Group’s renewable footprint in Colombia and it also marks an important step towards the diversification of the country’s generation mix, showcasing what renewables are capable of. We are leveraging on our expertise to build Colombia’s first large-scale solar power plant to have a centralised energy dispatch, which means having a daily commitment to deliver power to the grid, like any other large-scale conventional power plant. Colombia presents interesting growth opportunities for Enel Green Power as it is blessed by a wealth of renewable resources, and this is why we are committed to develop a diversified portfolio of solar and wind projects in the country”

– Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power

Enel will be investing approximately 70 million US dollars in the construction of El Paso, which is expected to start operation in the second half of 2018. The solar facility will be composed of around 250,000 solar panels and once fully operational will be able to produce 176 GWh per year. The plant will be connected to the National Power Transmission System through the El Paso Substation.

In line with the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model adopted by the Enel Group, which aims to combine business development and local community needs, EGPC is carrying out several initiatives to support local businesses and communities, which include entrepreneurship training courses, energy efficiency and rural electrification projects targeting some schools in the area as well as environmental projects to conserve local ecosystems. Moreover, the construction site of El Paso is based on Enel’s “Sustainable Construction Site” model, incorporating the rational use of resources, such as water saving systems and recycling processes. In addition, El Paso has been planned to blend in with the neighboring environment and communities, its design involving an environmental corridor that will allow wildlife to pass through the project site. 

In Colombia, Enel is the first private investor in the country’s energy sector. The Group’s generation subsidiary Emgesa has a total installed capacity of over 3.5 GW, equal to a market share of 21% from thermal and hydro sources. Codensa is the Enel Group’s distribution company in Colombia, which distributes and sells electricity in Bogotá and 103 municipalities in the departments of Cundinamarca, Boyacá and Tolima, serving over 3.3 million customers, equivalent to a market share of around 25%.