June 5 (Renewables Now) - Non-conventional renewable energy sources accounted for 18% of Chile's installed generation capacity of 22,580 MW in 2017, according to official annual statistics, released today.
The total generation capacity was up 2.4% from 2016. Thermal capacity represented 55% of the total and hydro 27%. Solar had a share of 8% in the mix, followed by wind with 6%, and biomass and small hydro with 2% each.
In terms of generation, non-conventional renewables provided 16% of the country's gross electricity output in 2017, which was up 1.1% year-on-year to 74,647 GWh.
According to the 2017 energy statistical yearbook, at the end of 2017 there were 81 electricity generation projects under construction totalling 3,140 MW, which represents a fall of 51% compared to 2016. Non-conventional renewables account for 51% of the megawatts under construction.
In addition, during 2017, 4,938 MW of electricity generation projects obtained favourable environmental qualification resolutions (RCA). The figure includes 3,632 MW of non-conventional renewables, which is down 18% on 2016.