BUENOS AIRES The government of Argentina announced Thursday that it will launch a third round of tenders for bids on renewable energy projects in October.
The announcement was made by the undersecretary of Renewable Energy, Sebastian Kind, during the Argentina Wind Power 2018 conference, organized by the Global Wind Energy Council.
The third round of the RenovAr program will seek to take advantage of the existing medium-voltage networks.
Kind explained that, while Argentina works on expanding its high-voltage networks, the government seeks to promote diverse renewable energy projects throughout the country that will use the existing medium-voltage networks.
We seek to bring in capital from non-traditional actors to develop renewable energy projects and take advantage of the existing medium-voltage networks to promote regional development, Kind said.
The undersecretary said that the projects will be presented next March, and that the contracts are expected to be signed in July 2019.
We have taken the decision to make the announcement beforehand (...) to provide more time for the projects to be designed, he said.
The Argentine government has already developed two stages of its RenovAr program, the first having begun in 2016, when 17 renewable energy projects for 1,109 MW were assigned.
RenovAr 2, for its part, was launched last year, when 22 projects for 634.3 MW were allotted.