Uruguay

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Country Initiatives Details

La Jacinta Solar Power Project

Canada’s Total Contribution: $25,000,000

Targeted Countries: Uruguay

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas (C2F) at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) provided support for the construction, operation and maintenance of the La Jacinta power plant, the first utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy plant in Uruguay. Located in the northwest city of Salto, the plant has a capacity of 64.8 megawatts (MW). The operation of this plant will reduce carbon emissions while easing Uruguay’s dependence on fossil fuel, by increasing energy generation from clean sources and ensuring a stable and diversified long-term electricity supply. Being the first of its kind, its demonstration effect is expected to provide lessons to potential new entrants and possibly trigger further private sector investment in the renewable energy sector.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The expected intermediate outcomes of this project include decreasing thermal and hydro generation reliance through an increase in installed solar energy capacity of 64.8 megawatts (MW) and an average supply of the 96 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per year to the national grid. The project expects to eliminate an estimated 18,000 tons of CO2 each year. It is also expected to boost the role of the private sector in Uruguay’s energy market and to encourage competition by bringing a new operator and technology into the market. In addition, the project is conducting consultations and the community is helping to determine what initiatives and programs can be supported, particularly those that benefit women and children.

The La Jacinta Solar Power Project completed construction and began operations in 2015. Results to date include the actual installation of 64.8 megawatts peak (MWp) of solar power capacity in Uruguay, meeting expectations. In 2015, the project generated 38,613 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity from a renewable energy source and abated 22,781 tons of CO2. The project employed 516 individuals during its construction.

Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $77,200,000
Estimated GHG (metric tons of CO₂) Reduction Associated with Project (per year)Disclaimer *: 56,600

Casablanca and Giacote Solar PV Project

Canada’s Total Contribution: $10,000,000

Targeted Countries: Uruguay

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas (C2F) at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) aims to provide support to enhance Uruguay’s non-traditional renewable electricity capacity, through the implementation of a utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project. Activities will involve the construction, operation and maintenance of six solar power plants and their associated facilities. In addition, the project will support the implementation of a climate change education initiative, which encourages young people to develop feasible, sustainable and long term strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The expected intermediate outcomes of this project include an installed capacity of 69.9 megawatts (MW), which will supply an average of 125.4 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per year to the national grid. This will help to diversify Uruguay’s energy matrix and eliminate approximately 74,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. Being the first of its kind, a demonstration effect is also expected to provide lessons learned to potential new entrants and possibly trigger further private sector investment in the renewable energy sector. In addition, local economies will be strengthened by new opportunities during the construction and operational phases of the facilities.

The project is also dedicated to ongoing support and consultation to identify ways in which activities can address climate change, as well as benefit women, children and the most vulnerable in surrounding communities. To date, project implementers have been working closely with local governments (Intendecias), resulting in a more inclusive process, which has earned widespread community approval.

Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $129,200,000
Estimated GHG (metric tons of CO₂) Reduction Associated with Project (per year)Disclaimer *: 74,000
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