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Published on November 1st, 2013 | by James Ayre


Solar Now Accounts For 57% Of Chile’s Renewable Energy Pipeline

November 1st, 2013 by  

Originally published on Solar Love.

Solar now accounts for over half (57%) of Chile’s renewable energy pipeline, according to a recent report from Chile’s Centre of Renewable Energy (CER). To date, though, only a fraction of the approved projects have been built — about 6.7 MW worth.

The most recent additions to the pipeline are two solar power plants totaling 165 MW. Chile’s total renewable energy portfolio is now 13.352 GW — about 68% of which has been CER approved, with the other 32% or so is awaiting qualification.

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So far, there is a gap of 7,667 MW between projects that have been approved and those that have been completed across all renewable types. The gap has widened with recent applications; since September 722 MW of renewable proposals have entered the process for a CER environmental impact assessment, 714 MW of which is accounted for by four solar plants. The remaining 7.7 MW is mini-hydro.

Just 6.7 MW of solar, 0.5% of all renewables energy generation, is currently in operation, including isolated, off-grid solar. As of this month, on- and off-grid solar under construction stands at 126 MW. As of September 2013, renewables accounted for 6.06% of total energy generation in Chile or 1.069 GW – mainly in the central interconnected system (SIC) grid.

SIC now has 96% renewable energy generation – 4% of which is distributed to Northern Interconnected Electricity system (known as SING) and Aysén and Magallanes Lakes. Overall renewables project approval increased by 15% between July and August after changes to the renewable energy law.

Total energy applications — of any type (including non-renewable) — decreased by about 7.5% in September, but that decrease was experienced primarily by non-renewables — renewable applications fell by only 0.5%.

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  • JamesWimberley

    The statement that SIC “now has 96% renewable energy generation” must be a mistake, In 2000, half of Chile’s generating capacity was conventional thermal (, and the centre of the country has few unexpolited hydro resources.
    The article is a confusing mishmash of statistics. How much of the planned solar capacity is in the desert north of the country, unconnected to the central SIC grid? Have the “approved” plants really been cleared for construction, or have they just entered the second rd tape barrier of environmental assessment?

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