El Salvador Solicits Bids for 100 Megawatts of Wind, Solar Power

El Salvador will solicit bids for 40 megawatts of wind farms and 60 megawatts of solar parks in November as the Central American nation seeks to diversify its energy supply from fossil fuels.

Developers will compete for contracts to sell electricity for 20 years to local distributors and winners will be announced as soon as May 20, according to the country’s National Energy Council, a government agency that helps guide energy policy.

El Salvador is seeking to cut its dependence on oil and diesel, which were used to run about 47 percent of its grid’s generation capacity in 2011, Yayoi Sekine, a Sao Paulo-based analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said today in an e-mail.

The solar projects will have to start producing power by Oct. 1, 2015, and the wind projects by Oct. 1, 2016, the National Energy Agency said on its website Sept. 30. The wind farms must have capacities between 5 megawatts and 40 megawatts.

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