Enel Green Power Peru (EGPP), the Peruvian renewable energy subsidiary of the Italian multinational electricity and gas giant, started operations at its Rubi solar power plant in Moquegua in southern Peru.
With more than 560,000 photovoltaic panels Rubí has a production capacity of 144.48 megawatts of effective power making the solar farm the largest power plant of this type in Peru.
Enel invested about US$170 million in the construction of Rubi, which is the company’s first solar facility in Peru. The project is financed in part by the Enel group and in part by the European Investment Bank (EIB). Once put into operation at full capacity, the solar farm can generate about 440GWh of electricity per year
Enel has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines. Electricity from the plant will be delivered to Peru’s National Interconnected Electricity System (SEIN) through the Montalvo substation. Enel was awarded the PPA in 2016 following a public tender launched by the energy regulator OSINERGMIN.
Antonio Cammisecra, Head of EGP, said during the opening ceremony of Rubi that the inauguration of Peru’s largest solar PV plant is testament to Enel’s commitment to boost the development of renewables in the country, contributing to the diversification of its generation mix and increasing energy production from clean sources in Peru’s southern region by 12%. He further pointed out that the entry into service of Rubi just over a year after construction began strengthens the company’s ambition to keep growing in Peru and to harness the country’s great renewable potential.”
Enel Green Power Peru as well constructed last year and operates the 132 megawatts Wayra I wind farm located in the Marcona district of the Ica region that can generate around 600 GWh per year and the 20 megawatts Ayanunga run-of-river hydropower plant located in the Monzón district in the region of Huánuco that can generate over 130 GWh per year.