Chile increases production from renewables by 28.4% y/y in July

The Sonnedix Atacama solar farm. Image by Sonnedix (

August 30 (Renewables Now) - Non-conventional renewables in Chile generated 1,603 GWh gross in July, or 28.4% more than they did a year ago and up by 8.3% month-on-month, Chilean energy commission CNE said in the latest monthly report.

This amount of output corresponds to a 22.5% renewables share in the total gross electricity generation in July. A month ago, the proportion of non-conventional renewables in the total production was 21.8%.

Once data from conventional sources are included, the total gross power production in Chile rose by 10.2% year-over-year to 7,137 GWh.

Figures for renewables are presented in more detail in the table below:

Technology: Gross production in GWh: Month-on-month change: Year-on-year change: Share in July:
Biomass 173 9.6% 15.9% 10.8%
Wind 577 9.2% 34.1% 36.0%
Solar PV 648 12.6% 37.3% 40.4%
Solar CSP 16 2.4% N.A. 1.0%
Small run-over-river hydro 150 -13.2% -18.3% 9.4%
Geothermal 33 14.2% >100% 2.1%

In July, Chile’s total installed non-conventional renewable energy capacity stood at 7,338 MW, growing from 7,308 in June. Renewables now account for 28.2% of the total generation capacity in the country.

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