Utility-scale PV plant spearheads Argentine province's green ambition

A utility-scale PV project will spearhead Jujuy's ambiiton of becoming Argentina's "solar province".

The provincial government will release details at the official announcement, scheduled for 5 February, when the country's new president, Mauricio Macri, will visit the northeast province.

The announcement comes in the wake of the local legislature's approval of a new law that declares Jujuy a "solar province" and guarantees tax exemptions for 15 years.

“Jujuy has to be a green province with organic production,” says Governor Gerardo Morales. “We can generate alternative and renewable power to turn ourselves into the 'green province' of the Argentine Republic.”

The law will also create a databank of solar projects and promote the use of PV on rooftops of public buildings.

About 60% of Argentina's power comes from fossil-fuel generators, with PV installed capacity totalling 8MW. A recent law set an 8% target for renewable generation by 2017 and 20% for 2025.

By the end of this quarter, Argentina is expected to add a further 1MW of solar, as the local unit of Italy's Valtellina finishes building a 32m-peso ($2.3m) array in Santa Fe province.