Big solar hits Bolivia

Bolivia is getting more than 17,000 solar panels in a giant energy project which can churn out up to 5 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Stretching across 15 hectares of land, it is […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Bolivia is getting more than 17,000 solar panels in a giant energy project which can churn out up to 5 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

Stretching across 15 hectares of land, it is expected to hook up more than 49,000 people to a green energy source in the remote city of Cobija in the state of Pando.

The city is said to rely on diesel power generation because it is not linked to Bolivia’s national utility grid.

It will be the country’s first solar plant, according to Chinese energy firm Yingli Green Energy which supplied the panels via its Spanish solar business.