Chile: Solar project activity increases; renewables account for 5.25% of energy mix


April’s statistics from Chile’s Renewable Energy Center reveal that there are currently 68.3 MW of solar projects under construction in the country. As of February, 3.3 MW of solar were being built. Despite the pipeline, however, current solar capacity in operation in Chile remains at only 3.6 MW since last year.

The report also shows that Chile’s environmental authroity, Sistema de Evaluación Ambiental, has approved 3.064 GW of solar projects as of April. Meanwhile, project applications that have been submitted, but not yet approved, total 1.164 GW.

Since February, just one project proposal for a solar park has been submitted to the environmental authority – the project San Andrés with a capacity of 48 MW, which was presented by SunEdison.

Regarding the generation of electricity, the report shows that 5.25% of the mix was covered by renewable energy in the first quarter of 2013. Of this, solar energy accounted for just 0.01 %.

Under Chilean law 20.257, 5% of the generation has to come from renewable energy sources in Chile between the years 2010 to 2014.

Changes in the regulation for renewable energies have been in discussion for a while in Chile.