Chile

Mini series: LatAm’s early PV leader, with enormous DG potential
The early development of PV projects in Latin America was spearheaded by one country: Chile. And while there remain prospects for large-scale project development, its distributed generation segment has the potential for enormous growth, says Marcela Puntí Martín, the general manager of the Chilean Solar Energy Association (ACESOL).
Sep 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Opinions, Chile, South america, Latin america, enel green power, Marcela Puntí Martín, ACESOL
The weekend read: Chile taps ‘white gold’ for security of energy supply
Chile is home to a massive 10.3 million tons of lithium reserves, most of which is found in the Atacama Desert in the northern part of the country. With some of the highest solar irradiation levels on Earth, this region also boasts the perfect conditions for generating solar power. Developments in the photovoltaic market, alongside implementation of more efficient energy storage systems, are positioning Chile as a regional leader in this field. So what does the future hold for battery energy storage systems (BESS) in Chile, and what obstacles lie in their way?
Sep 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Engie, Chile, South america, BESS, lithium, Sebastián Piñera, AES Gener, Claudia Rahmann, Juan Carlos Jobet, Javier Giorgio
Enel breaks ground on Chilean drone-monitored bifacial solar park
Enel Green Power has reached another development milestone in Latin America, rolling out the first components of what it says is Chile’s largest solar project to enter construction to date.
Aug 27, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, drone, pv power plants, Chile, solar pv, bifacial, utility-scale PV, South america, Latin america, enel green power
Actis bags US$1.23bn for new clean energy investment fund
London-based renewables investor Actis has raised US$1.23 billion for a new investment fund destined for existing infrastructure assets in emerging markets, starting with its own 100MW PV plant in Chile.
Aug 20, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, UK, SunPower, Chile, PV plant, Engie Energía, London, Actis, ALLIF
Atlas sells 550GWh of solar to Engie Energía in Chile
Atlas Renewable Energy has landed a long-term PPA agreement with utility Engie Energía, which will help support the development of a 230MW-plus solar farm in Chile.
Aug 16, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, PPA, Chile, PV plant, Brazil, Mexico, Atlas Renewable Energy, Engie Energía, Sol del Desierto, Uruguay
Sonnedix breaks ground on 171MW PV plant in Chile’s Atacama
Sonnedix has marked the launch of construction works for a large-scale solar installation in Chile’s Atacama desert, with a view to power up the plant late next year.
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, IPP, Sonnedix, Chile, solar pv, utility-scale PV, plants, South america, Latin america, ground-breaking, atacama, atacama desert
Natixis, Arroyo close financing on up to 70MW of PV projects in Chile
Natixis and ARCO 3 SpA have closed senior facilities totaling US$69.1 million for a portfolio of solar PV plants in Chile, with up to 70MW of generation capacity.
Aug 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Markets & Finance News, Solar, Natixis, ARCO, Arroyo, Chile, South america