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Ecuador identifies 7 locations to develop solar projects (1.6 GW) 

The state-owned power utility Electricity Corporation of Ecuador (CELEC) has identified seven locations to develop solar projects with a combined potential capacity of 1,580 MW in a new study published in cooperation with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD). The projects are distributed along four Ecuadorian provinces in the following way: Imbabura (2 projects, combined capacity of 630 MW and an expected production of 1,252 GWh/year), Pichincha (3 projects, combined capacity of 248 MW and expected production of 474 GWh/year), Cotopaxi (one 536 MW project with an expected production of 1,021 GWh/year) and the Chimborazo (1 project, with a 167 MW of capacity and an expected production of 304 GWh/year). 

The discovery of these areas allows CELEC to continue with the next stages of feasibility studies of identified projects, as well as to develop new medium and large power solar projects in those areas to complement the existing hydroelectric capacity during the country’s dry season. 

At the end of 2022, Ecuador had a total installed capacity of 8.8 GW, of which 59% comes from hydropower facilities, followed by oil (31%) and gas (8%), with only 29 MW of solar capacity. Ecuador’s Electricity Master Plan 2018-2027 targets to install an additional 550 MW of solar, wind, and other renewables by 2027.

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