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Chile's Coquimbo region nears 100% renewables share in H1 2019

Wind farm in Chile. Author: Diego Correa.

July 26 (Renewables Now) - The Chilean region of Coquimbo generated 99.7% of its electricity from renewables during the first half of 2019, the country's energy ministry informed on Thursday.

The wind power share in the total production in Coquimbo was 74.9% with 660,828 MWh generated. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems generated 183,841 MWh, or 20.8%, while hydropower claimed a 4% share producing 35,068 MWh. This leaves backup fossil-fuel plants with a 0.3% share and 2,570 MWh.

The energy ministry, citing Chilean electricity system operator Coordinador Electrico Nacional, said that 882,307 MWh of power were generated in the region in the first six months of 2019. This figure represents an 11% increase in generation compared to the same period last year, which the ministry explained was owed to the connection of new renewable energy projects. Over the past several months, two new solar farms were connected to the grid, while three other parks are currently in the trial stage.

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