The Solar San Juan project is an initiative put forth by the government of San Juan, with the main idea being sustainable development for the province and the nation as a whole. Our goals are also to develop technology strategically, and to store energy in order to ensure supply meets with increasing demand. With this project, San Juan aims to transform the Argentine energy matrix by adding renewable solar photovoltaic energy.
Beyond simply the production of solar power, our project will directly manufacture photovoltaic panels as a final step within the complete integrated process that starts with extraction of silicon from quartz, mined right here in San Juan. A dedicated site for R&D will be included, which provides further investment and an avenue to always keep our project up-to-date.
The project has its foundations in several competitive qualities possessed by the province that lead to its current potential regarding solar:
- Solar radiation on a horizontal surface of up to 7.5 kWh/m²/day.
- Daily sunshine duration between 4-9 hours, depending on the time of year and section of the province.
- Sufficient high-quality quartz is already naturally present.
- An energy-intensive plant that converts quartz into silicon metal is already up and running in the province.
- Abundant land availability since San Juan is largely made up of desert and semi-desert areas unsuitable for agriculture or mining; However, these areas are conducive to high-capacity solar farms.
- Proper human resources; We depend on academic institutions and well-known research.
To get to know all about the Solar San Juan Project, please check out the Projects Currently Underway.
The integration of a factory of this level—ingots, wafers, cells, and PV panels—puts the province of San Juan in a privileged position by introducing cutting-edge technology that is on par with the most developed countries in the world.
Implementation of grid-connected solar PV power for the residential sector. Trial installations, trial runs, measurements, as well as the forming of technical and administrative procedures.
Foundational for the development, production and installation of PV technology, with the end goal of sustainable energy for the Argentine market.
Agricultural irrigation systems that run on solar and are connected to San Juan’s power grid. Trial installations, trial runs, measurements, and feasibility.
A fin de conectar las nuevas plantas generadoras al sistema, se plantea un proyecto que incluye la construcción de la Estación Transformadora Solar Ullum 132 kV / 33 kV en el predio de las plantas de generación, una línea de alta tensión doble terna en 132 kV, y la Estación de Maniobra La Travesía,
The province of San Juan is continuing to develop renewable energy projects: It has particpated in rounds 1, 1.5, 2, and 2.5 of the RenovAr Program tenderings (that result from national law n. 27191)