Commercial operation of three small hydro projects in Peru has begun: 19.9-MW Angel 1, 19.9-MW Angel II and 19.9-MW Angel III.
Each plant cost US$20 million to $26 million to build, according to BNamericas.
Generadora de Energia del Peru operates these plants on the Chiamayo River in the Puno region.
Peru classifies hydroelectric plants with a capacity up to 20 MW as renewable. Contracts were awarded for these projects in 2010 in the country’s first renewable energy resources auction.
Other hydro projects to begin operating in Peru in 2018 are 20-MW Renovandes H1, and one more hydropower facility is expected to begin operating before the end of the year: 20-MW Carhuac.
In 2017, 26.8 percent of the country’s new installed electricity generating capacity came from hydro, BNamericas said.
We recently announced that Luz del Sur signed a contract to develop the 480-MW Majes Siguas II hydro project in the country