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Published on January 26th, 2013 | by James Ayre


Chile Adding 2.2 GW Of New Solar Power Capacity

January 26th, 2013 by  

Chile is aiming to add about 2.2 GW of new solar power installations to its grid within the next 15 years, according to a newly released plan.


In the 125-page report, the National Energy Commission (CNE) states that investment in solar energy in the northern electricity transmission system will be equivalent to the price of coal power (at US$2,500 per kW), and that in the central electricity system, solar will be only slightly more expensive. Of course, these prices don’t include the health and climate costs of coal, which, in a perfect world, they would.

The report “lists 13 solar plants with a combined capacity of 1.5 GW that are expected to come online on SING up to 2028.”

As the report states, the 100MW-scale Sol De Lua and Crucero 1 plants are due to come online in 2014, and be followed in 2015 by the 50MW Arica 1 and 100MW Crucero 2.

“In 2016, the 50 MW Arica 2 and 100 MW Pozo Almonte 1 will start production, followed by the 100 MW-sized Crucero 3 and Laguna 2 in 2018 and the similarly sized Pozo Almonte 2 in 2019.”

Then, they will be followed by the Solar Sing 1 and Solar Sing 2 in 2026 and Solar Sing 3 in 2028, each of which will be 200 MW.

“Eight more plants totalling 700 MW are slated for development on the SIC network, including the 100 MW Sol de Almagro 1, Inca de Oro 1 and Carrera Pinto 1 (in 2018) and the 50 MW Sol de Vallenar 1 (in 2018 or 2019). The remaining four plants – the 100 MW Sol de Almagro 1, Inca de Oro 2 and Carrera Pinto 2 and the 50 MW Sol de Vallenar 2 – will be developed in the next decade up to 2027.”

Chile is continuing to move forward in its transition to becoming a clean energy giant in the region. Just earlier this month, it approved over 3.1 GW of new solar power projects. With the enormous solar power potential in the region, the country could easily receive all of its energy needs solely from solar power.

Source: PV Magazine
Image Credits: Solarpraxis

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  • jburt56

    At least 100 GW. . .

  • Ronald Brak

    PV is reaching grid parity in Chile, so they look very vulnerable to a solar death spiral. That is a death spiral for fossil fuel plant operators, so it’s more like a life spiral if you happen to be a carbon based lifeform.

  • jburt56

    A depressing and underwhelming goal given Chile’s insolation potential.

  • swf2013

    All good … and if Chile has their act totally together they can add 2.2 Giagwattts of solar power IN THE NEXT 15 MONTHS (NOT 15 YEARS) !

  • JustSaying

    Maybe this is some form of new math, but how can you have “Just earlier this month, it approved over 3.1 GW of new solar power projects.” and then have the main artical have “Chile is aiming to add about 2.2 GW of new solar power installations to its grid within the next 15 years”? Already approved 3.1GW, then hope to add 2.2 GWs in 15 years? Surely one of those numbers is off. One of the nice things about solar is it goes in faster than a new coal (8-10 years) or new nuclear(10-20-?? years).

    • Most of these estimates I find hard to believe they even thought about them. Or considered history data, growth of cell phones, internet, computers, … The only part they appear to get right is that it is trending upward.

    • hmm. o.O

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