Chile clears 1,493-MW renewable energy projects Jan-Jul 2013
Jul 30, 2013 - The Chilean authorities approved renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of 1,493 MW between January and July 2013, Minister of Housing and Urbanism Rodrigo Perez Mackenna said yesterday.
This capacity will come from 24 projects, covering an area of 12,707 ha (31,400 acres).
Of the total, seven are wind plants with a capacity of 889 MW, and 17 are solar projects with 604 MW capacity. The majority is located in Antofagasta region and also in Atacama and Tarapaca regions. The approvals for these projects were granted only to foreign companies, such as Italian Enel Green Power (BIT:EGPW), Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power and US silicon wafer maker SunEdison Inc (NYSE:SUNE).
According to Perez Mackenna, Chile's target is its renewable energy to account for 3% of the country's overall energy capacity, which now stands at 17,000 MW.
The minister also highlighted the increased number of environmental requests filed in the seven-month period. To date, tahere are requests for 265 renewable energy projects with a capacity of over 10,000 MW. Of the total, 123 projects are planned to be located in Antofagasta.