Palo Gordo power station

From Global Energy Monitor


Palo Gordo power station is a coal- and biomass-fired plant in Guatemala.


The satellite photo below shows the plant's location, approximately 7km south of San Antonio Suchitepéquez, Guatemala.

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The Palo Gordo power station at the Ingenio Palo Gordo sugar mill is one of several Guatemalan power plants generating electricity from a mix of biomass and coal. During the November to May sugar cane harvest season, it runs on bagasse (cellulose fiber from crushed sugar cane stalks); from June to October, it runs on coal.[1]

Guatemala's power generation planning report for 2020-2034, published by the Guatemalan Ministry of Energy and Mines, reports an installed capacity of 46 MW for the Palo Gordo power station.[2]

At the national level Guatemala continues to move away from coal towards renewables. Under the new contracts signed by national electricity agency EEGSA during Guatemala's February 2020 energy tender, plants burning coal only will account for 8% of national electricity production in 2021 (down from 18% in 2019) while plants such as Palo Gordo that use a mix of coal and biomass will represent 2% of national production in 2021.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Ingenio Palo Gordo (Palo Gordo Sugar Mill)
  • Parent company: Ingenio Palo Gordo[4]
  • Location: San Antonio Suchitepéquez, Guatemala
  • Coordinates: 14.4879705, -91.3985538 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (2015)[1]
  • Gross Capacity: 46 MW[2]
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Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Plantas de carbón aportarán 900 MW". Prensa Libre. January 5, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Plan de Expansión del Sistema de Generación y Transporte 2020-2034 (p 51)" (PDF). Ministerio de Energía y Minas de Guatemala. 2020.
  3. "Del carbón a la energía limpia: Así son los nuevos contratos de generación de EEGSA". Prensa Libre. February 13, 2020.
  4. "Instalación Planta Eléctrica". Ingenio Palo Gordo. Retrieved 2021-01-09.

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