The largest photovoltaic plant in Central America, Horus I, is located in Guatemala, and will produce enough electricity to power more than 60,000 homes with clean energy. This facility, promoted by the Guatemalan company Onyx Group, is the first phase of a project totaling 80 MW and has been designed specifically for the country’s weather and irradiation conditions.
Horus Energy is an innovative renewable energy project located in Chiquimulilla, in the southeastern region of Guatemala. It will produce about 115 GWh of clean energy per year and is a reference for the country which in the frame of the Generation System Expansion Plan 2012-2026 aims to achieve 78% of demand be met through by renewable sources.
Spanish Technical Adviser
The Spanish Enertis Solar has participated in the construction of this photovoltaic plant as technical adviser, thus becoming the first photovoltaic technical adviser on Latin America where the company has participated in projects totaling over 2,000 MW.
Enertis has offered technical consultancy services in the development, design and project contracting, which has been designed specifically for the weather and the irradiation conditions of the region and the electrical infrastructure in the area. The Spanish multinational has provided field project management services, with a team of skilled technicians in various construction activities, including overseeing the design and implementation of the substation and power lines.
Enertis Solar has also participated in overseeing the entire design and is working as a technical advisor in the project’s second phase, Horus II with additional 30 MW, which has been awarded with a bilateral contract of sale of energy and whose implementation is scheduled for August 2015.
Horus Energy is not only the largest solar power plant in Central America and the Caribbean, but also the second in Latin America, developed in an area of 175 hectares, where 187,360 solar modules were installed. The facility will generate some 115 GWh per year during the 25 lifespan of this technology. Its production represents about 1.25% of the energy produced annually in the country.
The project investment was around 90 million euro and has been provided by Spanish corporation Grupo Ortiz.
Chiquimulilla, Santa Rosa, offered the ideal irradiation, topography, soil type, access conditions, proximity to international ports and electric transmission infrastructure for the installation of this flagship project, unprecedented to Guatemala in terms of dimensions.
With this new contract, Enertis Solar, Spanish multinational specialized in consulting services, technical services and engineering in the photovoltaic sector, consolidates its presence on the continent, where it is already the first technical advisor by volume of MW analyzed and projects where it has acted as an advisor.
Since its founding in 2006, Enertis Solar has participated in a portfolio of projects totaling over 4,500 MW worldwide, of which 45% are facilities in Latin America.
Expansion Plan 2012-2026
Horus I is the first project of Onyx Group’s Energy Division and is a benchmark for the country in its Generation System Expansion Plan 2012-2026 which envisages that 78% of demand is covered by renewable sources.
The Government of Guatemala aims to achieve greater generation with natural resources and reduce the current dependence on petroleum, contributing to lower or stabilize energy prices.