SUSTAINING THE FUTURE

Colombia 2020 | GREEN ECONOMY | INTERVIEW

Power Group is developing ways to bring sustainable energy and potable water to all of Colombia's cities and communities.

Enrique Garzón
BIOGRAPHY

Enrique Garzón, the founder of Power Group, has served as CEO since its founding in 2010, with a great vision and development of innovative projects and a high impact on environmental care. A mechanical engineer with extensive experience in strategic management of companies in the energy sector, his work has been recognized with distinctions such as The Great Cross Order of Environmental Merit Baron Von Humboldt and the Britcham Lazos award, awards granted to leaders who focus their efforts on environmental care, social responsibility, and business sustainability.

What are your main focuses?
One of our main focuses and what we have been working on for 20 years is the generation of energy via conventional fuels. We generate it with diesel, a refined fuel; crude, which comes directly from the earth; and gas. We have also been using unconventional renewable energies for five years.

Which industries do you work with, and who are your clients?
We work with the oil industry and almost all the operators in the country. One of our main clients was Pacific Rubiales, which we worked with for 11 years. In 2016, we terminated the contracts with them. Four or five years ago, we were dispersed in most of all the oil fields of Colombia.

There is the possibility of approaching the public sector and cities to begin to implement your technology around renewables. Could you tell us a little more about this?
Colombia is experiencing an energy crisis that will further develop with time. We have been studying and analyzing it for almost five years to determine how we can provide renewable and unconventional energy to industries and cities, leading them to gradually develop in industries on the governmental part. We hope that cities develop modern energy infrastructure so they can become self-sustainable.

How significant are innovative solar energy projects for the future of the country?
Here at the company we have a photovoltaic facade with glass. We produce 32kB of installed capacity, and the most important thing about it is the contribution we are making to the environment from a small area. We have a saving of 24,000kg of CO2 per year. We see ourselves as the leaders in renewable energy in the near future. It is important that Colombia starts developing renewable energy.

How do you plan to look for solutions to increase the amount of drinking water that Colombians have access to, and how is this related to the generation of energy and the use of natural resources?
We have done studies in the Caribbean region and Boyacá, which are quite rich in water. But abundant water does not mean it is drinkable and good for the human body. To further this research, we have allied with other countries and solar generation modules that also capture solar energy and accumulate it. We plan to develop simple modules to bring drinking water to more remote places.

What is the added value of Power Group in the market?
Our added value is bringing innovation and development to provide better services to our customers. We have qualified personnel traveling the world, visiting the best industries, fairs, and companies to capture state-of-the-art synergies, test them, and then develop them in Colombia.

What are your goals for 2020 and beyond?
Developing projects is our main goal. KfW Development Bank has donated some modules that we must install in conflict zones such as Caquetá, Tolima, and Urabá. Initially, we plan to bring energy where it does not exist and start its development in these areas so that these communities start receiving help. We are investing knowledge and money in technology tests to be leaders of renewable energy at the national and Central American level.