Chile's installed wind capacity hits 572MW

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wind led all non-conventional renewable energies (NCRE) in Chile for the second consecutive month in May in terms of installed capacity, which reached 572MW.

Wind power represented 36% of NCRE capacity installed on the central SIC and northern SING grids, followed by biomass (29%), mini-hydro (21.3%), solar (12%) and biogas (3%), according to a report by state development agency Corfo.

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Coquimbo region (IV) accounted for 27% of installed NCRE capacity, followed by Biobío region (VIII) with 20%.

Chile's environmental evaluation service (SEA) received 11 NCRE environmental impact assessments totaling 555MW, bringing the agency's NCRE pipeline to 5.7GW, while another 322MW of EIAs were approved.

Two mini-hydro plants with a combined 3.3MW capacity were installed on the SIC, while the La Huayca solar plant, connected to the SING, increased its capacity by 7.6MW.

NCRE generated 460GWh of power in May, accounting for 7.9% of generation on the two grids.

Biomass generated 48% of NCRE power, followed by mini-hydro (26%), wind (15%) and solar (6.1%).