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Published on January 11th, 2013 | by James Ayre


3.1 GW Of New Solar Power Projects Approved By The Chilean Environmental Authority

January 11th, 2013 by  

Over 3.1 GW of new solar power projects have just been approved in Chile, according to a new report released by the country’s renewable energy body, Centro de Energías Renovables.


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The new report also mentions that there’s a further 908 MW of solar energy projects currently under review by Chilean environmental authority Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA).

These projects represent what will be an enormous increase in the amount of solar power in the country. Currently, there are only 2.4 MW of installed solar power capacity in the country — though, a further 2.5 MW are also under construction right now.

“Chile is set to become a solar hotspot and has been identified by NPD Solarbuzz as a key emerging market in Latin America. According to the market research firm, Chile along with Mexico and Brazil are set to become mainstream markets, absorbing nearly 70% of demand in the region,” PV Tech writes.

“The country has attracted the attention of manufacturer First Solar, which has acquired Chilean project developer Solar Chile as part of its international expansion plans.”

Chile has a very high level of solar power potential. The region could receive a substantial amount of its electricity from solar energy installations. Hopefully, these newly approved projects will move the country towards that goal.

Notably, the country just installed a large, 10MW solar thermal power plant in the Antofagasta region of Chile. 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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