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Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016



Loma Larga Granja Solar
A New Twist in Solar Development

In the south of El Salvador, a new idea is sprouting, with roots in the Boston area. Jose Aleman will present a development project seeking input, investment and connections to the Boston Area solar and academic communities, as well as the support and involvement of our local Salvadoran immigrant community. His team is well positioned to secure a government contract for their 5 megawatt PV project called Loma Larga Granja Solar (English: "Long Hill Solar Farm").

Their approach is unique, community-based, and quite possibly a new model for distributed energy development. It opens up opportunities for many smaller contributors and contrasts with previous projects in El Salvador, heretofore dominated by large corporate and monied interests.

Loma Larga is an innovative work-in-progress and the principals invite our consideration and input. Diverse approaches (Power Purchase Agreements, the Solarize Mass program, community solar via virtual net metering) have been key drivers in the flourishing of solar in Massachusetts from 3MW in 2007 to nearly 1,000 MW today. Here is an opportunity to have a first look at a new idea — the Loma Larga approach — at the February 11th Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum.


Jose Aleman Jose Aleman is the former General Consul of El Salvador for New England and a founder and co-owner of a company interested in producing and selling 5 MW of PV power to El Salvador's government by mid 2017.

Mr. Aleman will be joined by Loma Larga partners Ambrosio Flores and Diane Chase, who have extensive experience developing various projects in this region.

Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 
3 Church Street, Harvard Square

Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.

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The Boston Area Solar Energy Association is convinced that New England's primary dependence on non-renewable energy sources is costly to our environmental, social, economic and political systems.

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