El Salvador’s CNE, the national energy commission, has extended the deadline for submitting tenders for projects totaling 350 MW to September.

CNE’s executive secretary Luis Reyes confirmed that the submitted tenders will be reviewed quickly, with the projects awarded by the end of the year.

The successful projects are expected to become operational by 2017.

Energias Renovables reported that projects submitted to-date are a mix of new gas and coal-fired plants.

However, there are several proposals to import renewable energy from neighbouring countries via SIEPAC, but CNE has confirmed they will be limited to 35 MW, as it wants to encourage new-build in the country.

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