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El Salvador seeks solar power in bid to cut power bills

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

El Salvador is looking up to the sun to try and ease its burden of energy bills with a program of solar power for electricity and heat joining up with the national grid.

State-run utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa said it would set up the Central American nation's first utility-scale solar and wind projects to diversify its energy mix.

The company known as CEL announced it plans to auction development rights for a 14.2-megawatt solar farm in 2013 and for a 42-megawatt wind farm the following year.

Source: Cospp