Solar Energy

 

Colombia has a great solar resource due to its location in the equatorial zone, but the country sits in a complex region of the Andes where climatic conditions vary. The average daily insulation is 4.5 kWh/m2, and the area with the best solar resource is the peninsula of La Guajira, with 6 kWh/m2 of radiation. 6 MW of installed solar power in Colombia (equivalent to about 78,000 medium-sized solar panels), 57 percent are distributed in rural uses and 43 percent in signaling pathways. 

The solar system can be very convenient for applications in rural areas, where energy demands are modest and scattered, and connections to beef are often more expensive.

Average availability of solar energy by region

Region

Kilowatt per hour per square meter per year (KWh/m2/yr)

Guajira

2,190

Costa Atlántica

1,825

Orinoquía

1,643

Amazonía

1,551

Andina

1,643

Costa Pacífica

1,278

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