AES Gener to supply renewable power to Chilean miner for 19 years
The contract signing event between Sierra Gorda and AES Gener. Image by AES Gener (www.aesgener.cl)
Latin American power company AES Gener SA has recently signed a 19-year contract to supply 100% renewable to Chilean copper miner Sierra Gorda SCM.
Under the terms, AES Gener is to meet the miner’s consumption demand of 1,240 GWh per year, sourcing the electricity from its renewables portfolio, the power producer said.
The contract will come into force on January 1, 2021, and will at first cover 40% of Sierra Gorda’s consumption. From 2023 until December 2039, the miner’s operations will be powered by 100% renewables.
AES Gener’s Andes Solar II B solar park, which will have a battery attached, will supply the electricity during daylight hours and when sun light is not available. The company started building the 180-MW Andes Solar II B plant, featuring a 112-MW storage system, about a month ago.
According to the company, Sierra Gorda’s switch to renewables will enable the displacement of one million tonnes of CO2 per year, or about the same as supplying all homes in the Chilean region of Antofagasta with zero-emission energy for 2.7 years.
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