Between 2014-2015, Vepica ventured into the renewable energy market, with the EPC execution of a 50 MW solar energy plant in Choluteca, Honduras.
Vepica's scope for this project included supervision of civil and structural work, supervision of equipment installation, the connection of all the generation facilities, and commissioning and start-up for the project.
The project engineering and equipment were prepared in the United States by the client, who specializes in integral solutions for photovoltaic systems, and construction was carried out by a Honduran company.
Vepica was also responsible for the site safety management, management of environmental requirements and compliance with all applicable environmental laws, permits and restrictions regulations on the site, project registration, document control and other administrative tasks.
The solar energy plant in Honduras required the following from Vepica:
-Strong work organization, consisting in a multidisciplinary project for which geotechnical studies, topography, civil works and electromechanics up to commissioning, were carried out.
-Execution in a city with very few resources.
-Numerous changes during the execution of the project, tight time schedule, and implementation of civil works during the winter period.
-Working with professionals from three countries and four different companies, with different corporate cultures.
-Learning about safety and environmental practices (MASS Guidelines) established by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Under a work philosophy of quality and excellence, Vepica provided the support in logistics services, quality, planning, safety and start-up, required by the client. With successful supervision and coordination, the project was executed in 8 months and began to produce energy at the end of June 2015.
Through teamwork, a photovoltaic power plant capable of supplying energy to 8,600 homes, was brought to reality.