Chilean renewables share slightly up in Feb

Building Energy's Queule solar park in Chile. Source: Building Energy

March 27 (Renewables Now) - Chile’s renewable energy sources, excluding large hydro, generated 1.309 GWh in February, down by 5.5% month-on-month, according to the latest report by the Chilean national energy commission (CNE).

The renewables share in the gross production came at 20.6% compared to 20.4% in January. A year ago in February, renewables accounted for 17.3% of the total gross production.

Figures for each technology are provided in the table below:

Technology: Gross production in GWh: m/m change: y/y change: Share in February:
Biomass 167 9.3% 16.2% 12.8%
Wind 383 -3.8% 56.0% 29.3%
Solar PV 630 -6.6% 25.4% 48.1%
Run-of-river hydro 109 -22.1% -15.5% 8.4%
Geothermal 19 6.0% 21.7% 1.5%

As of February, the total installed renewables capacity reaches 5,382 MW, an increase of 21 MW compared to the January tally.

Over the month, the Chilean environmental evaluation service (SEA) admitted applications for 23 new projects, 20 of them for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations and three for wind, which could potentially bring in 2,435 MW of capacity.

The total installed distributed generation capacity under the net-metering scheme reached 46,358 kW, up from 45,016 kW in January. The number of installations rose to 5,842 units from 5,737 registered over the previous month.


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