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Chile transmission project aimed at dispatching solar output

Bnamericas Published: Friday, February 05, 2016
Chile transmission project aimed at dispatching solar output

Authorities in Chile's Atacama region (III) are scheduled to review on February 10 an environmental impact assessment (DIA) for a US$67.5mn transmission project submitted by local firm Campos del Sol.

The Campos del Sol transmission system aims to dispatch energy produced by the region's photovoltaic solar farms into the central SIC power grid, according to the DIA.

The first phase of the project involves an 88km, 2x220kV line connecting the Campos del Sol and Cardones substations.

In the project's second phase, its voltage will be increased to 500kV. The second phase is dependent on completion of the US$1bn, 2x500kV Cardones-Polpaico SIC expansionproject.

Industry experts and local solar firms have cited grid congestion on the northern section of the SIC as problematic, since it leads to spot price volatility between different transmission nodes.

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