Chile continues to beef up renewables capacity in July

Mainstream Renewable Power Sarco Wind Park in Chile

August 27 (Renewables Now) - The net installed capacity of Chile's non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) power plants increased to 5,049 MW in July from 5,017 MW recorded a month earlier.

According to the latest report by the Chilean national energy commission (CNE), the NCRE installed capacity accounted for 21.5% of the country's total.

Non-conventional renewables produced 1,210 GWh of power in July, holding an 18% share of the total generation.

The following table offers more details on the Chilean NCRE power mix in July:

Technology: Gross production (in GWh): Share: m/m change: y/y change:
Wind 466 38.5% 6.0% 38.2%
Solar PV 394 32.6% 13.8% 26.7%
Run-of-river hydro 181 14.9% 13.9% 20.1%
Biomass 153 12.6% -7.5% -27.0%
Geothermal 17 1.4% -4.4% 40.8%

During July, 14 new NCRE projects were admitted for environmental evaluation. If approved, the projects, 13 solar photovoltaic (PV) and one run-of-river mini-hydro, will together bring 1,593 MW of new capacity. In the same period, ten projects totalling 479 MW received a favourable environmental resolution.

The distributed generation registry listed 328 kW of new net-metering installations in July, a drop from 510 kW registered under the scheme the previous month. The total number of installations stood at 4,305 accumulating 25,362 kW of capacity.

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