Chile registers increase in PV installations for self-consumption

An increasing amount of PV systems for self-consumption have been registered in Chile over the past months. To date, approximately 900 power systems for self-consumption, most of them rooftop PV arrays, were installed in the country. These installations have reached a combined capacity of 6.4 MW.

According to local energy agency Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles (SEC), at the end of September of 2016 there were 400 systems with a combined capacity of 4.3 MW installed under the scheme.

The growth registered in the past five months is mainly attributable to the recent introduction of a new regulation for self-consumption, which has considerably simplified the procedures for these projects.

The new rules were published in January and the SEC is now discussing details of the regulation with local installers and solar companies. In the past week, the agency held a meeting with around 50 professionals to explain that the time frame to obtain approval for small projects has been reduced and that a special procedure for projects in housing complexes has been introduced.

Furthermore, SEC said that the number of the required documents for the grid-connected has been reduced and that an online platform for the on-line registration of these installations could be launched soon.

SEC added that local power providers have received additional 1,200 grid-connection requests for these projects to date.

Installations for self-consumption can be developed in Chile under the law Ley 20.571, which is in force since October 2014. The scheme for self-consumption grants access for power projects with a power of up to 100 kW.