Colombia: The Solar Future - a land of opportunities

31 July 2019

Colombia has all the necessary ingredients for a solar expansion: a high solar resource due to its geographical position, an energy mix that is in search of diversification from hydro and new regulations that seek to form a new market. The Colombian government has implemented many measures in recent years that seek to make solar energy one of the main sources of energy for the future. What are the current opportunities and challenges in Colombia?

El Futuro Solar Colombia - una tierra de oportunidades

31 de julio 2019

Colombia cuenta con todos los ingredientes necesarios para una expansión solar: un alto recurso solar por su posición geográfica, una matriz en busca de diversificación de hidro y nuevas regulaciones que buscan formar un nuevo mercado. El gobierno de Colombia ha implementado muchas medidas en los últimos años que buscan materializar la energía solar como una de las principales fuentes de energía para el futuro. ¿Cuáles son las oportunidades y los retos actuales en Colombia?

DIEGO MESA /// DEPUTY MINISTER OF ENERGY - MINISTRY OF MINES & ENERGY
Diego Mesa Puyo is Colombia’s Deputy Minister of Energy. He is an economist with more than 15 years of experience advising governments and private sector clients on public policy and financial issues for energy and extractive industries. From 2013-2018, he was an economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) of the IMF, where he led and participated in technical assistance missions to more than 20 countries on fiscal issues for the mining and petroleum sectors. Prior to the IMF, Diego was a manager and senior economist in the Consulting and Deals Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Canada. Diego holds an M.A. in Economics from McGill University and earned the CFA designation in 2012.
DIEGO MESA
DEPUTY MINISTER OF ENERGY - MINISTRY OF MINES & ENERGY
PAST WEBINAR
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PAST Webinar /// PV in Colombia: On your mark, get set, go?

Thursday 30 August - 16:00 CEST // 09:00 Colombia

During this complimentary webinar, we offered participants a great and hassle-free way to get updated on this market. Destined to fulfil its prolific renewable energy potential, the country has made some headlines with bilateral negotiated contracts. With the launch of the upcoming renewable auction, it is time for the solar industry to step up to the plate.

Topics addressed:

  • What the new administration of Duque will bring?

  • Government policies that shape the Colombian solar energy future

  • Outlook of the planned auction program

  • The birth of the PV market, Colombia’s DG regulation

  • Distributed Generation as trailblazer

  • Key challenges and opportunities in PV project development, lessons learned so far

MARC TREMEL /// GENERAL MANAGER - COLOMBINVEST
Colombia's Renewable Energy expert with extensive knowledge of solar projects across the world. Marc has over 13 years of solar PV experience, and has been working in Colombia for over 5 years. Over the years he developed deep knowledge on solar components from manufacturers across the value chain.
Commited to build bridges between EU/Germany and Colombia in the field of solar energy investments and promoting PV in this emerging market.
MARC TREMEL
GENERAL MANAGER - COLOMBINVEST
JOHN PADILLA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - IPD LATIN AMERICA
John is a partner and Managing Director of IPD Latin America, a U.S. based independent energy consultancy specializing in above the ground risk in the oil and gas industries in Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. John has been directly involved in the company's expansion into Mexico in 2001, Colombia in 2009 and Peru in 2013. After 20 years in New York, John relocated and has been based in Bogota, Colombia since April 2011. John’s ten years of Wall Street experience in structured energy and infrastructure financing and deal-making add a unique perspective to IPD’s consulting services. He directs a range of consulting efforts at IPD, including its due diligence practice, forecasting, and other strategic client-oriented efforts.
JOHN PADILLA
MANAGING DIRECTOR - IPD LATIN AMERICA