The project in Bolivia’s Pando department, on the border with Brazil and Peru, combines a 5 MW PV array with 16 MW diesel generation. Isotron SAU, a subsidiary of Spain’s Isastur Group, is responsible for the construction portion of the project and Saft was awarded the contract to supply the megawatt scale lithium-ion energy storage system.

Pando is in the remote tropical northern area of Bolivia in the Amazonian rain forest. It is not connected to the country’s national grid, resulting in electricity coverage of just 65 percent, with the 37 GWh demand met exclusively by diesel generation. With a total output of 21 MW, the new hybrid plant will increase the overall production of electricity in the Pando department, bringing it in line with the rest of Bolivia, which has electricity coverage of 80 percent.

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