Today the largest solar park in Latin America was inaugurated in Nacaome, Honduras, with an installed capacity of 145.9 MW. The Honduran energy company ELCOSA constructed two solar parks with a capacity of 73 MW each via its project companies SOPOSA and COHESSA in the south of Honduras, which offers abundant space and boasts high irradiation. The solar power is fed into a transmission line of the Central American energy network SIEPAC that crosses the project site. The solar park is equipped with monocrystalline modules from Canadian Solar. Kaltenbach Energy Consulting advised ELCOSA concerning technical and economic aspects during the project development phase.
Honduras has seen a boom in utility scale solar power projects since the introduction of an attractive incentive scheme. Last year, the Honduran parliament approved project offers with a combined capacity of over 600 MW. The size of the projects ranges from 20 to 80 megawatts. But not only large projects benefit from the improved legal framework: renewable power projects for self-consumption up to 250 kW are also facilitated by a smart meter regulation.