Feasibility study, final design and tender documents for a hybrid system (solar-thermal) in the municipality of San Juan de Nicaragua.

Description

The Government of Nicaragua has defined as a strategic goal increasing the national electricity coverage index, promoting and increasing the use of renewable energies and promoting energy efficiency. It is therefore considered important to build a hybrid photovoltaic-thermal system that is capable of reliably supplying electrical power with more continuity than the current situation. It should be noted here that certain remote and inaccessible areas of the country cannot be connected to the general electricity grid, and only isolated electricity generation systems can produce energy. This is the case of the municipality of San Juan de Nicaragua.

The existing generation plant does not cover the population’s demand for 24 hours, the generation costs are excessive, and there are significant difficulties in transporting the fuel supply. In addition, the fishing and maritime industry in the area is affected because of the continuous power cuts.

IMPULSO developed all the detailed preliminary studies and construction plans for the construction of a new, more reliable hybrid solar thermal system with a higher output of 300KW. The IMPULSO work team for the project consisted of 6 people, with specialists in civil works, photovoltaic systems, distribution networks, environment and finance; this team performed both the field work in the country and the office work of drafting the study.

Functions developed

  • Diagnosis of the existing generation system
  • Diagnosis of the existing distribution system
  • Solar resource measurements
  • Topographic survey of the site
  • Geological study
  • Technical, economic and financial evaluation
  • Socio-economic and market evaluation
  • Permit obtaining
  • Final design of the system and construction plans

Project

Feasibility study, final design and tender documents for a hybrid system (solar-thermal) in the municipality of San Juan de Nicaragua.

Developer

ENEL. Nicaraguan Electricity Company. Ministry of Energy and Mines

Location

San Juan de Nicaragua.

Works start date

February 2014

End date of works

May 2015

Budget

$134,000

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