Chile bumps renewables capacity, produces more clean power in Oct

Solek Group PV park in Chile. Source: ABB (www.abb.com).

November 26 (Renewables Now) - Chile ended October with 5,307 MW of net installed non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) capacity, adding new 15 MW since the month before, according to the latest report by the Chilean national energy commission (CNE).

The NCRE capacity grew to represent 22% of the country's total 24,160 MW in October, during which no other type of power plant was commissioned or taken offline, the figures show.

CNE said that 60 NCRE projects were listed as under construction throughout the month. These will result in 2,323 MW of new capacity going into operation by October 2021.

Gross production from NCRE rose 20.3% month-on-month and by 19.1% year-on-year to 1,483 GWh, while conventional technologies recorded lower outputs when compared to both periods. As a result, non-conventional renewables took a 23.7% share in the Chilean power mix, enjoying a boost from 20.2% in September.

A snapshot of Chile’s NCRE mix in October is presented in the table below:

Technology: Gross production (in GWh): Share: m/m change: y/y change:
Biomass 132 8.9% -3.7% -21.8%
Wind 524 35.3% 40.6% 46.5%
Solar PV 646 43.6% 16.1% 26.1%
Run-of-river hydro 166 11.2% 9.2% -9.8%
Geothermal 15 1.0% 2.7% -32.2%

New 626 kW of net-metering installations were added to the distributed generation registry to reach a total of 28,959 kW of capacity in October. The number of installations rose to 4,765 units, up from 4,694 listed in the last month’s report.

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