Gran Solar is responsible for the development of the Salinas and Tren Salinas plants with an estimated nominal output power of 2 MW and 999 KW respectively. The plants are located 5 km from the Salinas Urcuquí road in the province of Imbabura. The average irradiation in the in the area of influence is 5.1 kWh/m2/day.
The Conolophus project was presented by Gransolar in September 2018 as a private initiative.
The project was promoted by the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador in March 2020, and through a Public Selection Process, Total Eren joined Gransolar in July 2020 to continue with the project. Five companies were vetted and shortlisted by the Government of Ecuador, and on September 8, 2021, Total Eren and Gransolar were officially awarded the project.
The microgrid plant will entails 4 components: