Due to its characteristics, Mendoza has great potential to meet the local and national energy demand, both current and future, with conventional and renewable energy.
Mendoza is protected by provincial and national policies that generate long-term certainty for investors, and offers financial and tax incentives to make investments even more attractive.
Mendoza has great potential for hydrocarbons. It is the fourth most important province in extraction of oil and the sixth one in extraction of natural gas in Argentina. In addition, due to its hydrological and topographic characteristics, it has great potential for the generation of electricity from water resources.
Besides, wind-generated electricity is developing as a result of the National Plan for the Generation of Electric Energy from renewable sources. Moreover, Mendoza has promising possibilities for the installation of solar parks since it is one of the places with greatest solar potential in the planet due to its high heliophany (sunshine duration) and intensity of solar radiation, with over 300 sunny days per year and a great deal of available land with wide areas which are appropriate for the installation of solar power towers.
Solar energy in Mendoza
Energy harnessing is conditioned by the radiation intensity received by the Earth, the daily and annual cycles and the climatological conditions of each place. Even though it is true that it is an intermittent energy source, its impact has been minimized by technology.
Specifically, solar energy is the kind of energy resulting from solar radiation, through conversion to heat or electricity with the use of different devices. It includes solar thermal energy (as in the case of water heaters or solar collectors) and photovoltaic solar energy.
Photovoltaic technology allows the conversion of solar radiation to electricity due to the photoelectric effect that takes place in some semiconductor materials sensitive to solar light.
The photovoltaic energy solar market is at its peak in Argentina. The biggest challenge is to harness solar energy and convert it into electricity efficiently and conveniently from an environmental and economic perspective.
Photovoltaic generation systems can be classified into two big groups, depending on whether they are connected to the grid (on Grid) or not (off Grid). Nowadays the main difference is in the possibility of energy storage in the off Grid system.
Sources of generation in Argentina in 2016
In Argentina, around 1 % of the energy generated annually results from renewable sources such as solar and wind energy. Currently, due to the different types of provincial and national encouragement to diversify the energy matrix and incorporate more alternative sources of energy, the use of new technologies, of which photovoltaic technology has a key role, is developing and growing fast.
The main advantage of electricity generation from renewable sources is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when it is used as an alternative and / or complement of other systems of electricity generation that pollute the environment.
As energy demand is growing, the costs and benefits provided by the encouragement to generate electricity from renewable sources, mainly, photovoltaic energy, encourage the creation of electricity generation projects. Proper installed and efficient capacity contributes to the supply of the provincial demand, appropriate electricity distribution and the decrease of the need to use fossil fuels for electricity generation in a significant way.
Mendoza presents ideal conditions for the development of solar energy, both due to its location and its global radiation characteristics.
EMESA is determined to participate in the development and use of alternative sources of energy to promote and encourage sustainable and high-quality electricity supply. The company is participating in the development of projects involving photovoltaic solar technology.
In 2016, and regulated by Round 1,5 of RenovAr Program, Emesa was awarded six projects distributed across the whole province, with approximately 106.6 MWCC.
Currently, EMESA has a broad portfolio of photovoltaic projects with around 627.5MW of nominal power. Some of them are:n:
PSFV Capiz I
PSFV El Quemado I, II, III and IV
PSFV General Alvear II
PSFV La Paz II
PSFV Lavalle II
PSFV Luján de Cuyo II
PSFV Zapata I and II.
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