Spanish electrical engineering firm Ingeteam claims that its inverters are now powering 120MW of PV in Chile, following the recent connection of a 100MW plant in the Atacama Desert region of the Latin American country.
Ingeteam hailed the performance of its INGECON SUN Powermax central inverters, which have a rated power of 1MW and 99.1% maximum efficiency. Ingeteam said the unnamed 100MW plant could generate as much as 270GWh of energy this year, with the Atacama Desert enjoying very favourable levels of solar irradiance.
Although the project was not named, last year it was revealed Ingeteam would supply 47MW of inverters to SunEdison's Amanacer project, which recently became Chile's largest completed PV project.
Ingeteam claims to now have contracts in Latin America totalling 1.2GW. PV materials maker DuPont recently highlighted the region as having rich potential for solar energy generation due to falling technology costs and scalability. Chile has been singled out as a good potential market within Latin America for some time, partly due to the high irradiance in the Atacama, but activity has been slow to get off the ground, with big deals announced and construction beginning on the country’s PV pipeline at pace only fairly recently.
In October of last year, PV Tech reported that although solar accounted for 57% of Chile’s renewable energy portfolio at that time, the amount installed represented just a “tiny fraction” of new capacity approved by the Chilean Centre of Renewable Energy (CER). However, following the completion of a 93MW plant by SunEdison in February and the start of construction on numerous other projects in the first half of this year, the build-out of PV in Chile began gathering pace as CER called solar part of an “important movement” towards increased renewable energy generation.
In other Chile PV news also reported this morning, investment firm Rijn Capital said it had added a 35.8MW Chile plant to a pipeline that already exceeded 500MW.