Chile introduces new rules that allow energy communities

The Chilean government has published new rules for distributed generation, self-consumption solar systems which include the option of creating energy communities. The provisions, which will come into effect on November 6, will introduce the possibility of systems with a generation capacity no larger than 300 kW to supply power for multiple consumers. Such energy communities will enable users to co-ordinate a shared PV array with a single grid connection to inject surplus power back into the electricity network.

Norwegian Stratkraft plans to invest $280mn in energy projects in Chile

The Norwegian state electricity company Stratkraft plans to increase its energy production tenfold by 2026, to gain scale and improve its results. The firm currently operates a 52 megawatt hydroelectric plant on the Pilmaiquén River and has ownership interests in two other plants. It is also investing $173 million in the building of a second hydroelectric plant, Los Lagos, on the Pilmaiquén River, of little more than 50 MW; and it has three wind farms that they hope to start building next year with an investment of $180 million.

Chile announces $2 bn plan to bring back jobs lost due to COVID-19

Chilean President, Sebastián Piñera, announced a $2 billion plan to subsidize the recovery or creation of jobs lost due to the application of restrictive measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic. The government will pay up to 50%, capped at about $317, of the salaries of newly hired workers and will cover up to about $200 of the salary of employees who return to their jobs after a period of suspension.