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.
Authorities of the Chilean region of Coquimbo approved the environmental impact statement of the 10.6-MW Ovalle Norte solar photovoltaic (PV) park. With an investment of $10.6 million, the PV project managed by Czech solar developer Solek Group will involve the installation of 28,800 solar panels in the province of Limari. Ovalle Norte is expected to generate enough power to meet the annual consumption of 10,000 local homes.