Chile renewables ramp up share in power mix in January
Source: Ministerio de Energia (www.energia.gob.cl)
Unconventional renewable energy sources generated 1,225 GWh of electricity in the first month of 2019, statistics of the electric system operator CEN show.
Wind power generation rose 12.5% year-on-year to 319 GWh while solar-generated electricity increased by 17.9% to 584 GWh.
At end-January, Chile had a total installed power generation capacity of 24.6 GW with 38 projects or 803 MW more already connected to grid and about to start commercial operation soon.
According to Chilean renewable energy association Acera, about 1,200 MW of new renewable energy capacity is currently under construction and much of it is expected to start operation by the end of the year.
CEN, on the other hand, expects 1,173.5 MW to join the grid in 2019, of which 34.3% are wind energy projects and 23.1% are solar power ones.