Thursday, October 2, 2014
Bolivia has inaugurated its first solar energy plant, built by Spanish company Isotron and partly financed with a grant from Denmark. President Evo Morales, who attended the inauguration in Cobija, 700 kilometers (435 miles) north of La Paz, said the plant will initially generate 1.7 MW before reaching its maximum output of 5 MW in November. Built on 11 hectares (27 acres) of land near the border with Brazil, the facility has 17,334 solar panels. Denmark paid 60 percent of the cost of the $11.8 million project, while the Bolivian government covered the rest.