Chile's SIC grid faces obstacles to add renewable energy - report
Jun 19, 2014 - Chile's main power network SIC would be able to support only half of the wind and solar power capacity planned for its northern sector until 2018 due to limited transmission capacity, local daily Diario Financiero said yesterday, quoting a report of grid manager CDEC.
Nearly 2,000 MW of renewable energy plants should be installed in SIC's northern part, between the cities of Copiapo and Ovalle, until 2018. This will include photovoltaic parks of 750 MW and wind farms of 1,200 MW.
However, CDEC estimates that as of 2015, with some improvements, the simultaneous wind and solar power supply in northern SIC could be up to 1,100 MW.
The transmission capacity could improve towards 2018, with the completion of investments in the system north of Santiago region.
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