Within the framework of the Aura Solar Initiative, Corporación Aura Solar develops its first international project: Aura Solar II in Honduras. The plant will have a capacity of 61 MWp, with a total investment of US$120, and will generate 125 GWh/year. This project will include the installation of nearly 200,000 polycrystalline solar modules over a surface area of 150 hectares.
The facility, developed by Gauss Energía, is located in Choluteca, in southern Honduras, a region with one of the highest average solar resources in Central America, with an irradiation index of more than 5.5 kWh/m2 per day.
Aura Solar II will be interconnected with the Santa Lucía substation, where the energy will be delivered to the Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE), through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Corporación Aura Solar, respectful of the environmental, social, labor and industrial security aspects, has assumed specific commitments in these areas, with strict observance of the applicable laws and under the supervision of the financial entities participating in the project. The facility will generate 125 GWh/year, which is equivalent to providing clean energy to more than 80,000 families in Honduras. Aura Solar II will avoid the emission of 90,000 metric tons CO2 per year.
The Spanish firm Isolux- Corsán, with whom we have signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract that is already under way, will be in charge of construction, startup and operation.The plant will start operations in the second quarter of 2015.