Honduras Parliament approves PPA for 30 MW PV project

The National Congress of Honduras has approved a PPA between local renewable energy company Energía Básica SA and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (SERNA) for a 29.5 MW PV power plant that is to be built in southern Honduras. According to local newspaper La Prensa, the Pavana Solar project is due to be built in the municipality of Choluteca. Further details on the project were not disclosed.
In November, local newspaper La Tribuna reported that Spanish packaging company Emsur had submitted to local authorities plans for a 48 MW PV project in Choluteca. Emsur said it would invest $150 million in the project and that construction of the PV plant would start between May and June 2015, pending approval. The article also reported that local company Soluciones de Energia Renovables de Sociedad Anonima (SERSA) submitted in late September a project proposal for a 20 MW PV power plant to be developed in the same municipality. This second project, which has been approved by local authorities, will be developed in three phases and will sell electricity to Honduras’s state-owned utility under a 25-year PPA.
In late October, the president of Honduras’s renewable energy association AHPPER, Carolina Castilla, said that the country could add 300 MW of PV capacity over the next 2 years. Castilla said that several 50 MW PV projects would be developed in the country over the next 2 years to reach a capacity cap of 300 MW. The projects are due to be built in the frame of the recently reformed renewable energy law, which, thanks to the reforms, now includes support for solar.

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