• Argentina’s Ministry of Energy and Mining has called for bids to install 6,520 off-grid solar PV systems
  • The systems will be installed in the provinces of Catamarca, Chaco, Entre Rios, La Pampa, Neuquen and Salta
  • Solar power developers can apply individually or as part of a consortium
  • The last date for the submission of bids is August 10, 2016

Argentina has floated tenders for installing 6,520 off-grid solar power systems across the nation. The South American country’s Ministry of Energy and Mining plans to have these systems installed in the provinces of Catamarca, Chaco, Entre Rios, La Pampa, Neuquen and Salta.

The work involves supply and installation of PV equipment in rural homes. The province of Salta will see most solar installations – a total of 3,024, followed by Chaco with 1,322, Catamarca with 937, Neuquen with 501, Entre Rios with 480 and La Pampa with 256.

Applicants can apply as individual entities or as part of a consortium. The last date for the submission of bids is August 10, 2016.

Further details of the tender can be accessed here.

The tender is part of a project to increase the use of renewables in remote areas.

In May, President Mauricio Macri had announced the country’s renewable energy program RenovAr. Under this program, the country is aiming for the renewables share in its overall generation capacity to rise to 8% by 2018 and 20% by 2025. The overarching target is to have 10,000 MW of renewable energy capacity in the next 10 years.

Also in May, it was announced that Argentina will get 100 MW of solar power projects financed by US Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC). The projects will be located in the province of Jujuy. The news was announced after the Governor of the province, Gerardo Ruben Morales met the head of IIC in Washington.