Chile grows renewables capacity, production slightly down in Nov

Almeyda solar park in Chile. Image by Acciona (www.acciona.com)

December 23 (Renewables Now) - Chile increased its net installed non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) capacity by 15 MW to reach 5,322 MW in November, the latest report by the Chilean national energy commission (CNE) has shown.

Of the country's total installed capacity, renewables accounted for 22%, a percentage that remained unchanged since October.

Throughout the month, there were 65 NCRE projects under construction, which will add up to 2,973 MW of new capacity by October 2021.

Gross production from renewables slowed down to 1,472 GWh from 1,483 GWh recorded the month before, resulting in a 23.3% share in total generation.

In year-on-year terms, NCRE power plants increased production by 20.6%.

The summary of the Chilean NCRE power mix in November is presented in the table below:

Technology: Gross production (in GWh): Share: m/m change: y/y change:
Biomass 115 7.8% -12.9% -3.1%
Wind 483 32.8% -7.8% 44.2%
Solar PV 686 46.6% 6.1% 24.7%
Run-of-river hydro 172 11.7% 3.5% -13.3%
Geothermal 17 1.1% 14.2% -10.3%

New 248 kW of net-metering installations were added to the distributed generation registry in November. The number of installations rose to 4,796 units from 4,765 registered the previous month.

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