Chile surpasses 5 GW of renewables capacity in June

Solek Group PV park in Chile. Source: ABB (www.abb.com).

June 29 (Renewables Now) - Chile's non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) power plants reached 5,017 MW of net installed capacity in June 2019, up from 4,949 MW registered a month earlier.

The latest report by the Chilean national energy commission (CNE) shows that the NCRE installed capacity now represents 21.3% of the country's total.

During June, non-conventional renewables generated 1,123 GWh of power, accounting for 17% of the total generation.

Details on the Chilean power mix in June are presented in the table below:

Technology Gross production (in GWh) Share in % m/m change in % y/y change in %
Wind 438 39 29.6 32.3
Solar PV 344 30.7 -6.7 16.7
Run-of-river hydro 158 14.1 11.3 9
Biomass and biogas 165 14.7 -12.6 -21.7
Geothermal 18 1.6 -19.5 7.9

There were 49 NCRE projects with 1,327 MW of combined capacity listed as under construction in June. These are due to start operations in the period between June 2019 and January 2021.

During the month, Chile’s environmental impact evaluation service (SEIA) admitted for consideration 12 new NCRE projects, all solar photovoltaic (PV). If approved, the new solar schemes will add 348 MW of new capacity, representing a combined investment of USD 390.8 million (EUR 351.3m). Another six projects for 83 MW received the green light from the SEIA.

Chile’s distributed generation registry listed 510 kW of new installations under the net-metering scheme in June. The total distributed generation capacity stood at 25,034 kW, 8,573 kW of which is installed in the Santiago Metropolitan Region.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.9)

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