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Renewable sources set energy record in El Salvador

Renewable sources set energy record in El Salvador

San Salvador, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) Renewable energy generation set a record in El Salvador during 2022 by producing 83 percent of electricity, according to sources in the sector.

Last year, the main generators in this category were hydroelectric, geothermal and solar, which supplied 83 percent of the electricity that reached Salvadoran homes, indicated the Hydroelectric Executive Commission of the Lempa River (CEL).

The entity quoted by El Salvador newspaper El Diario El Salvador reported that hydroelectric power plants, as well as subsidiary companies using geothermal and other sources, lead the national energy sector, covering more than 50 percent of the users’ demand.

The institution announced that during the year, hydroelectric power plants registered historical figures by producing 2,147.9 gigawatt hours (GWh), thus surpassing the generation record registered 12 years ago, with an increase of 68.8 GWh. (one gigawatt is equivalent to one thousand megawatts or one billion watts of power).

Cel head Daniel Álvarez pointed out that the results were achieved thanks to the use of advanced technologies, which allowed the country to become one of the region’s energy producers and exporters.

El Salvador, said the executive, continues with the diversification of renewable energy sources, among others with the start-up of the Talnique Solar Plant, of Inversiones Energéticas, with an installed capacity of 17 megawatts peak, thanks to the 29,600 bifacial solar panels.

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