Solarcentury, EDF, Engie among victors as Chile introduces results of 2.6 GW solar tender

Jul 7, 2020 02:44 PM ET
  • The Chilean federal government has granted development legal rights for 11 utility-scale renewables tasks in the country, completing more than 2.6 GW.
Solarcentury, EDF, Engie among victors as Chile introduces results of 2.6 GW solar tender
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Renewables heavyweights consisting of EDF, Engie and Enel have won out in the tender, Chile's Ministry of National Assets has exposed, with jobs stepping forward with a suggested overall financial investment worth north of US$ 2.5 billion.

The Ministry held a competitive tender for land in three regions of the country, particularly Tarapacá, Antofagasta and Atacama, for which 40-year tenancy contracts are to be authorized. A total amount of 15 offers came forward for 11 specific locations of land, with eight particular firms arising with winning proposals. No subsidies will be paid to the solar ranches, which will rather pay rental fee to the Chilean state.

EDF, Engie as well as Enel are signed up with by SolarPack, Solarcentury, Sonnedix, Caldera Solar and also CopiapoEnergíaSolar as having actually won growth civil liberties, with solar projects currently anticipated to find forward.

Julio Isamit, Chile's preacher of nationwide properties, said the awards were great news as they showed that the country remains an appealing destination of investment.

The Chilean government announced the tender at the end of in 2015 before lauding its shift to renewables and also far from fossil fuel-fired generators at the COP25 top kept in Madrid. Atacama specifically is apparently residence to the globe's greatest irradiation levels, prompting considerable growth passion from a few of utility-scale solar's most significant names.

Solarcentury stated it had been awarded development civil liberties for three tasks in the tender, completing just over 1GWp (963MWac), with the business claiming it to have the largest share of websites-- in both number and generation capacity-- than any other programmer.

The projects themselves-- the 314MWp range in Pintados, Tarapacá; a 185MWp ranch in Sureste de Calama and also a 537MWp array near Maria Elena Noreste, both in Antofagasta-- are expected to generate as long as 3,000 kWh per kWp deployed, owing to the "unmatched" solar resource created by place and also elevation.

" The land we have actually secured in this public auction stands for several of the best land in the world to establish solar as it incorporates terrific irradiance with trendy temperatures," Cristian Fuenzalida, organisation growth elderly manager at Solarcentury LATAM, stated.

" The Chilean government has actually recognised the significance of solar in this time of environment and also COVID-19 crisis. These tasks will sustain the energy change to absolutely no carbon and also-- just as notably-- develop much required tasks."

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