Renewables share in Chile drops to 20.4% in January

Non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) sources accounted for 20.4% of Chile’s gross electricity production in January, according to the latest report by the Chilean national energy commission (CNE). NCRE power plants generated 1,385 GWh over the second summer month, down by 10.6% from December when the renewables share arrived at 22.8%. In January 2019, the NCRE share was 18.6% on 1,214 GWh.

Enel plans new 500MW bifacial solar project in Atacama

Chile’s green regulator SEA is to consider Enel’s proposals for a 498MW new PV pipeline in the Atacama Desert region of Antofagasta, according to recently submitted plans. Enel wants to deploy a first 317MW plant known as the Taltal PV project, with total investment pegged at around $350 million. In addition, Enel is proposing to add yet another PV installation to its Lalackama complex, also in the commune of Taltal by Atacama’s Pacific Ocean coastline.

Colbún aims to build $788mn solar park in Antofagasta

Chilean power provider Colbún has applied for environmental approval to build the 788 MW Planta Fotovoltaica Inti Pacha project in in the municipality of María Elena, Tocopilla province, in the northern region of Antofagasta. The power plant would be built in three different units – Inti Pacha 1 (IP1), Inti Pacha 2 (IP2) and Inti Pacha 3 (IP3). The planned investment for the project has been estimated at $788 million.

Enertronica to supply 360 MW of PV inverters worth $20mn

Italian renewable energy sector player Enertronica SpA (BIT:ENT) has signed two manufacturing and supply contracts for 360 MW of photovoltaic (PV) inverters in Chile. The order, worth about $20 million has been awarded to the company and its subsidiary Enertronica Santerno Inc by an unnamed buyer, only classified as "the world's leading operator in the sector." Under the deal, the Italian company will equip two Chilean projects and increase the firm's total installed capacity in Latin America to 1.2 GW by end-2020.