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Chilean renewables increase production to 22.8% share in Dec

Almeyda solar park in Chile. Image by Acciona (www.acciona.com)

January 30 (Renewables Now) - Non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) power plants generated 22.8% of Chile’s electricity in December 2019, with the gross production rising to 1,549 GWh from 1,472 GWh recorded the month before.

In year-on-year terms, NCRE power plants increased production by 26%, according to the latest report by the Chilean national energy commission (CNE).

Details on the Chilean NCRE power production are presented in the table below:

Technology: Gross production in GWh: Share in December: m/m change: y/y change:
Biomass 140 9.1% 22.4% -1.8%
Wind 506 32.7% 4.8% 52.6%
Solar PV 733 47.3% 6.9% 29.9%
Run-of-river hydro 152 9.8% -11.5% -10.1%
Geothermal 17 1.1% 1.2% -18.3%

The total installed NCRE capacity in the country increased by 5 MW to 5,327 MW calculated at the end of December. Construction was ongoing at 78 project sites, which will result in 3,667 MW of new renewables capacity by October 2021.

Over the month, environmental impact studies for 3,156 MW worth of projects were accepted for consideration. Only one of them concerns the development of a wind farm, while 18 project promoters seek approval to install solar photovoltaic (PV) parks.

New 646 kW of net-metering installations were entered into the distributed generation registry in December. The number of installations rose to 5,588 units from 4,796 registered the previous month. The total installed distributed generation capacity has reached 42,026 kW.

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