A Chilean renewable energy research institute report revealed that Chile has reached 127MW in capacity of solar projects under development.
Centro de Energias Renovables (CER) said that in August, authorities approved four proposals for PV projects totalling 544MW in combined capacity, also receiving five more proposals totalling 239MW that month. By the end of August the pipeline for approved projects was 4.9GW in total.
The total capacity of projects under development jumped from 75MW in July to the 127MW figure in August.
However in relation to that figure, installed capacity remained much lower. During July and August, installed capacity increased slightly from 3.5MW to 5.7MW.
In July, authorities approved 338MW, while 579MW was approved in June and approved 750MW in May. Around 2.05GW of additional proposed PV projects are currently under review.
Most PV projects in Chile are being constructed in the Atacama Desert region, which is said to enjoy some of the highest levels of solar irradiance on the planet. The Chilean senate recently approved a target of producing 20% of the country’s electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2025.