Chile grows renewables capacity to 5.24 GW in Aug

The Pozo Almonte I solar park in Chile. Image: Solarpack

October 2 (Renewables Now) - Chile reached 5,240 MW of net installed non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) capacity in August, an increase from 5,049 MW recorded the previous month, according to the latest report by the Chilean national energy commission (CNE).

Of the total 24,089 MW installed in the South American country, the NCRE capacity accounted for 21.8%, the report stated.

Production from non-conventional renewables rose by 11% month-on-month to 1,346 GWh, representing around 20% of all power generated in August.

Details on the Chilean NCRE power mix in August are given in the table below:

Technology: Gross production (in GWh): Share: m/m change: y/y change:
Wind 508 37.7% 9.1% 68.1%
Solar PV 497 36.9% 26.0% 30.6%
Run-of-river hydro 178 13.2% -1.2% 25.8%
Biomass 149 11.1% -2.4% -30.8%
Geothermal 15 1.1% -10.6% -34.2%

During the month, four new NCRE projects totalling 281 MW, all solar photovoltaic (PV), were admitted for environmental evaluation. At the same time, nine projects with 77 MW of combined capacity received a favourable environmental resolution.

New 1,353 kW of net-metering installations were registered in August, an increase from 328 kW added the month before. The total number of installations in the distributed generation registry reached 4,607 units with an aggregate capacity of 26,715 kW. The Santiago Metropolitan Region ranked first by installed distributed generation capacity and second by the number of installations.

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