November 20 (SeeNews) - The Chilean government will auction 8,000 ha (19,770 acres) for new renewable energy plants in the first half of 2016, mainly for wind farms, state officials said on Thursday.
The auction is expected to secure new capacity of 400 MW in the area of Taltal city, Antofagasta region, the energy ministry's renewables director, Christian Santana, said at a wind energy forum, quoted by Revista Electricidad.
There is an ongoing auction of 443 ha of state-owned land in Antofagasta and Atacama for the development of wind and solar farms, with 30-year land concessions. The bids will be received on December 9.
At the end of October, the country had 2,275 MW of renewable energy capacity in commercial operation and 229 MW in test operation, led by wind power with 901 MW and solar parks with 747 MW.