Ecopetrol, the largest Company in Colombia and one of the main diversified energy companies on the American continent, and Total Eren, a leading renewable energy Independent Power Producer (IPP) based in Paris, are pleased to announce that they are partnering to implement the “Rubiales” solar photovoltaic (PV) park.
This solar PV park will be built on the site of the Rubiales field, property of Ecopetrol and one of the most important fields in the hydrocarbon industry in Colombia, located in the municipality of Puerto Gaitan, in the Meta Province.
Ecopetrol selected Total Eren to develop, finance, build and operate the approx. 100 MWp solar park after a closed competitive process. The project will be owned by Total Eren (51%) and Ecopetrol (49%). Construction work is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2023, and the solar park is expected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2024.
This initiative is part of the decarbonization strategy of the Ecopetrol Group and its commitment to accelerate the energy transition in Colombia, supporting regional sustainable growth with more than 24,000 tons of CO₂ emissions saved per year.
The solar farm will be made of 180,000 monocrystalline bifacial panels, which is enough to supply a Colombian City of 150,000 people during a whole day. Ecopetrol will be the end-user of the produced electricity for its operation, through a 17-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
“We are pleased to partner with Total Eren, a company with extensive experience in the solar industry,to help us move forward with our commitment to accelerate the energy transition. Our goal is to incorporate 900 MW1 by 2025 with renewable energies that help us face climate change. This is aligned with our aspiration to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050″, said Felipe Bayón Pardo, President of the Ecopetrol Group.
David Corchia, CEO of Total Eren, added “We are delighted to start our cooperation with Ecopetrol to develop, build, finance, and operate on their site the Rubiales solar farm which will provide low-carbon electricity to their operation. Ecopetrol is a responsible energy player and the biggest company in Colombia. I am confident that our ambitious partnership will be fruitful and provide multiple environmental, economic, and social benefits locally.”