Martin Libra, Head of LATAM at Prothea, an independent advisory boutique providing advisory and asset management services in the renewable energy sector, explains the chances opening up in the Chilean wind and solar market, which can now be considered a pioneer in the grid parity trend that is currently developing in Southern Europe.
Utility-scale solar projects and hundreds of other power projects in the Philippines are being held up by pending approvals at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), a problem compounded by last week’s dismissal of ERC chairman Jose Vicente Salazar for grave misconduct related to allegations of corruption.
As the economics of solar improve, merchant projects are already in place in Chile and various parts of the US. However, as lawyers from Chadbourne explain, financing them is
not a straightforward business.