Chile on track for 6 GW of solar projects21. June 2013 | Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By: Blanca Díaz/Edgar Meza
Development of solar power projects are Chile has increased dramatically in recent months. The country’s Environmental Evaluation Service (SEA) has already approved 4 GW of new projects with an additional 2.2 GW currently under review.
Chile has seen a rapid rise in the development of new solar power projects in recent months. The country's Environmental Evaluation Service (SEA) has already approved 4 GW of new projects and is currently reviewing an additional 2.2 GW, according to a report by published on June 19 by Chile’s Center for Renewable Energy.
While a large number of major projects are set go online in the coming months, Chile's capacity from operational facilities currently totals only 3.5 MW. However, solar plants with a total capacity of 69 MW are currently under construction and the SEA has approved an additional 4 GW of projects which have yet to be built. A further 2.2 GW are under review.
While solar power capacity has remained relatively unchanged in the past six months, the number of projects that have applied for approval with the SEA has increased dramatically and had already reached 4 GW by January.
Chile has also seen the construction of projects accelerate in recent months. In January there were only 1.3 MW under construction. As of June, a total of 69 MW of solar plants are currently being built, including Sky Solar’s 18 MW project in Pampa Dos Cruces, which began construction in March and has since been enlarged to 33 MW.
Some of the latest projects to come under review by the SEA include the 260 MW Alpha Solar project from Chilean firm Pleiades SA and the 90 MW Solar Pampa Norte plant, which is being developed by Spanish group Ingenostrum.
Much of Chile’s planned solar power is targeted at energy intensive mining companies operating in the northern region of the country and a few project developers have signed power purchase agreements (PPA) with mining operators.
In October, the SEA approved two large-scale projects with a combined capacity of 183 MW, both located in the Atacama region: the 162 MW Diego del Almagro plant, a $420 million project backed by Andes Mainstream Spa, a Chilean subsidiary of U.S. group Mainstream Renewable Power, and the 21 MW Canto del Agua plant, a $90 million facility developed by Santiago-based Canto del Agua Spa, part of Spain’s Abantia.
Karl Dure from Rio Rancho
Thursday, 27.06.2013 10:26
This is really a great project laid by the Environmental Evaluation Service. Production of 6GW of energy project of chile is a big boon for the country, by saving the renewable source of energy for future use.
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