“In Celsia, we are committed to Tolima; we love the people, the region and we already have an investment plan in place to work hard in each area of the Department. We ask that you be patient because the works require time to see the improvements in the quality of service, but we are sure that, together, we will achieve it.”
Words by Ricardo Sierra, Leader of Celsia, at the arrival event in Tolima on October 25, 2019.
Cubico, the world leader in renewable energy, will contribute its extensive experience and knowledge in solar energy projects around the world, access to capital and an ample relationship with global developers, manufacturers and builders of this technology. Celsia will participate with capital, solar-generation assets in operation and under development, as well as with the operation, maintenance and commercialization of these plants. For Celsia, this agreement means access to world-class resources, knowledge and relationships to continue being a pioneer in renewable energy.
Celsia’s new wind projects will contribute 18% of the renewable energy in the renewable energy auction. Celsia will, thus, contribute to Colombia’s energy transition, providing the country with clean energy products in wind projects located in La Guajira. In this 2019 auction, the Company also participated as a marketer, demanding energy for our clientes in Valle del Cauca and Tolima. We were assigned 264 GWh a year in 15-year contracts, equivalent to approximately 10% of these needs. Celsia was the only 100% Colombian origin generating company awarded in the 2019 auction.
In 2019, Celsia planted 2.6 trees every minute in Valle del Cauca with the ReverdeC Program, planting 1,382,100 native-species trees in the Tuluá River basin. Each tree was carefully transported by the communities. Thus, the ReverdeC Program, led by Celsia, reached 4,000,000 trees planted in three-and-a-half years in Valle del Cauca on 3,240 hectares, taking care of 22 hydrographic basins in 32 municipalities. In this program, 100% of the workforce is local. Likewise, the program is committed to planting species that are in the threat category; to date, seven species have been planted: Romerón pine; oak; wild cashew (caracolí); mahogany; and black, tall and pink cedar.
With 300,000 solar panels in projects that are already generating energy and others that are being installed, Celsia has reached 100 MW of clean, renewable energy, a figure that is equivalent to supplying more than 54,000 homes a year. These 100 MW of solar energy are represented in six solar farms and 100 roofs and solar floors located in Colombia and Central America, which also represent a relief for the planet because – thanks to them – more than 50,000 tons of CO2 will stop being emitted each year.