Chile wants to know amount of local content of its solar plants

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Codesser, the Chilean body responsible for the National Strategic Program in the Solar Industry, wants to determine the local content of components and services provided to existing and planned PV projects in the country.

In a document published on its website, Codesser said the solar industry in Chile still has a low participation rate for domestic companies in the supply of goods and services, construction, operation and maintenance of PV projects which “hinders the use of the country’s solar potential for the creation of favorable local socio-economic conditions, associated with the investments involved in this type of projects”.

The objective of the planned “study to determine the participation of national suppliers in the provision of construction, operation and maintenance components and services in solar energy projects in Chile” is to provide an updated picture of ​​the industry encompassing PV projects that were either completed, or whose construction started, after 2015.

What counts as Chilean?

In terms of equipment supply, Codesser accredits companies which have carried out some part of the manufacturing process on Chilean soil, regardless of where the original materials come from. Only service companies with at least half of their workforce from Chile will be accounted for as domestic providers.

The analysis will include all PV and solar thermal projects with a generation capacity of more than 3 MW either in operation or under construction.

Chile has been the only one of the large Latin American PV markets which has not sought to introduce local content requirements to promote a domestic manufacturing industry for solar panels and inverters.