Chile’s installed PV capacity tops 1,748 MW

Chile has reached a cumulative installed PV power of approximately 1,748 MW as of the end of August of this year, according to a monthly report on renewable energy published by the country’s energy regulator, Comisión Nacional de Energía (CNE).

The report reveals that there is another 308 MW of PV capacity currently being tested, with 264 MW of solar projects currently under construction. Total PV capacity approved for development now stands at 1.5 GW, while another 8 GW is currently being reviewed for approval by local environmental authorities.

At the end of 2016, according to the CNE, Chile’s operational installed PV capacity stood at 1,041 MW, with 1,238 MW of PV facilities in testing. Approved solar projects topped a combined capacity of 14 GW, while projects under review stood at 5.1 GW.

Overall, Chile’s operational renewable energy capacity reached 2,975 MW at the end of August 2017. Solar has the largest share of this, followed by wind power at 1,305 MW and biomass at 436 MW.

In August, the Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA), a local environmental office, has received proposals for two 9 MW solar projects, according to CNE’s report. It has approved 168.5 MW of solar capacity at three locations.

In addition, the CNE said that a total of 1,881 distributed-generation projects with a combined capacity of 12.2 MW had been registered in the country by the end of August.