Gestamp, Solarpack finish 40MW in Peru

Gestamp Solar and Solarpack have completed Panamericana Solar, the second of two 20MW PV arrays they had under development in Peru, several months later than initially planned.

In November they commissioned the Tacna project – which is backed by US group Conduit Capital Partners – and had anticipated finishing the sister Panamericana Solar project by the end of 2012. Both were awarded to Gestamp and Solarpack in a February 2010 tender.

The two projects, which employ modules from China’s Yingli, are contracted to supply 98GWh of electricity annually into Peru’s grid for 20 years.

“The project strengthens [our] presence in Latin America, and is one of the cornerstones of our international expansion,” says Jorge Barredo, chief executive of Gestamp Solar, which is part of Spain’s Gestamp group.

Gestamp is also acting as engineering, procurement and commissioning contractor for several solar and wind projects in South Africa.

Spain’s embattled PV sector has led the charge into Latin America, with Isofoton building a 50MW array in Ecuador and T-Solar installing a system in Puerto Rico.

Among European solar developers, Spain-based Solarpack has been among the most aggressive in its push into the nascent Latin American market, with some 90MW of planned projects across Peru and Chile, where it has an office in Santiago.