Wind farms injected more energy into Chile’s grid than any other non-conventional renewable technology in July, according to the latest data from energy commission CNE.
Despite solar having by far the largest installed capacity, with 2.45GW currently in operation against 1.6GW for wind, the technology injected just 350GWh into the system. Wind plants injected 441GWh.
Next came run-of-the-river hydro plants at 182GWh, biomass at 110GWh and geothermal at 17GWh. Renewable generation made up 18% of the country’s total output in the month.
Meanwhile, installed renewable capacity increased to 5,049MW, or 21.5% of the country’s grid.
Environmental watchdog SEA received 14 new renewable projects for evaluation in July, totaling 1,593MW and US$4.6bn in investment. It also approved 10 projects totaling 479MW and investment of US$768mn.
CNE records 48 renewable projects under construction in the country, for upcoming capacity of 604MW photovoltaic, 591MW wind, 110MW concentrated solar and 6MW biomass. In the testing phase are 316MW of wind power, 178MW photovoltaic, 58MW mini hydro, 40MW geothermal and 6MW biomass.
Projects approved by the SEA represent 17,117MW photovoltaic, 11,040MW wind, 2,775MW concentrated solar, 1,090MW biomass, 757MW mini hydro and 170MW geothermal.
The BNamericas database groups 22 renewable projects currently under construction in the country. Here, we highlight the five biggest wind farms by investment.
Germany’s WPD is moving forward with its US$410mn wind farm, which will boast capacity of 273MW. The project was envisioned in 2013 but construction did not begin until April this year. The estimated date of completion is April 2021.
Vestas will be supplying the 77 turbines, which will connect to the Río Malleco substation near the southern city of Temuco, capital of Araucanía region. Construction will be carried out by CJR Wind and Isotron.
It will have capacity of 129MW and is expected to enter operations in the second half of this year. The turbines are being supplied by Senvion, which is also offering construction services together with Constructora Luis Navarro. The project is also in Araucanía.
Acciona’s San Gabriel wind farm will have capacity of 183MW for an investment of US$360mn. The project received its environmental approval in 2017 and construction began at the end of last year. It will also be in Araucanía region.
Construction, being carried out by Acciona itself, is expected to finish next year. Nordex is supplying the turbines.
Cabo Leones II
Ibereólica’s US$360mn, 204MW Cabo Leones II farm is being built in northern Atacama region. The turbines are being supplied by Senvion and construction is being carried out by Global Power Generation.
Cabo Leones II was embroiled in dispute after Ibereólica was accused of fractioning a larger US$930mn project into several parts. However, Chile’s environmental authorities absolved the company, finding the units were envisioned at different points in time, using different technologies and different financing methods.
The project is expected to start operating in December 2020.
AES Gener’s Mesamávida wind farm will require US$255mn in investment and have installed capacity of 60MW.
The project, in Araucanía region, was approved by the SEA in 2015. After that, it was put on hold until a supply contract was signed. Construction began on August 30 this year.
Get real time update about this post categories directly on your device, subscribe now.