Chile's renewables share falls to 21.7% in May

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July 1 (Renewables Now) - Chile’s renewables generated 1,492 GWh of power in May, up 31.3% year-on-year, Chilean energy commission CNE said in the latest monthly report.

The production output from renewables declined by 0.4% in month-on-month terms. The share of renewables in total gross power generation fell to 21.7% in May from 23.0% in April.

Output figures by technology are presented in the table below:

Technology: Gross generation in GWh: Month-on-month change: Year-on-year change: Share in May:
Biomass 201 6.8% 17.6% 13.5%
Wind 501 10.2% 47.5% 33.6%
Solar PV 626 -14.0% 35.3% 42.0%
Run-of-river hydro 127 28.6% -7.21% 8.5%
Geothermal 28 4.8% 9.4% 1.9%

With conventional power plants, the total gross power production in Chile rose by 5.5% month-on-month and by 7.4% on the year in May.

As of May, Chile boasts 7,315 MW of installed renewable energy capacity, an increase from 7,173 MW recorded a month ago. Renewables now account for 28.2% of the total installed capacity in the country.

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