Chile may become electricity exporter with solar plants - report
Aug 25, 2014 - Chile's solar power projects have the potential to transform the country into an electricity exporter, Daniel Salazar from northern grid manager CDEC-SING said Friday, quoted by daily El Mercurio.
The country cannot be a mere electricity importer, the official said during an energy forum. Chile has a low-voltage interconnection with Argentina that could be reactivated. The country could also build interconnections with Peru, which has a developed gas industry, and Ecuador, which plans to start electricity exports in the next years thanks to an ambitious hydroelectric plan.
Chile currently has an installed solar power capacity of 189 MW and 487 MW of solar plants under construction, according to data of the energy ministry. In July, three new photovoltaic projects of 433 MW were presented to the authorities for evaluation.
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