04 Sep '13, 8pm

Uruguay Taking Bids on First Big Solar Farms Using Wind Development Strategy

Sao Paolo, Brazil -- Uruguay is accepting bids for its first two large-scale solar farms as the nation seeks to take advantage of falling panel prices, replicating a strategy it’s using for wind energy. Companies have until Oct. 3 to bid for rights to sell energy from a 1-megawatt project and a 5-megawatt site and the winners will be chosen by the end of the year, Martin Scarone, an engineer at the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, said today in a telephone interview. The auction documents were made available yesterday. Uruguay is seeking to roll out solar farms on a large scale as panel prices fall, as it’s doing now with wind turbines, Ramon Mendez, the ministry’s director of energy, said in a telephone interview. The government expects to be able to buy solar power at rates that are competitive with other energy sources in 2017. “We’re at the same level with phot...

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