June 21 (Renewables Now) - Chilean president Sebastian Pinera officially inaugurated Thursday the 753-km Cardones-Polpaico transmission line that will enable the transport of renewable energy from the regions in the north to consumer points in Chile’s south.
The project, which costs USD 1 billion (EUR 890m) to build, connects the Santiago Metropolitan Region with its neighbours to the north, Valparaiso, Coquimbo and Atacama. Due to geographic convenience, the northern regions house most of the country’s renewable energy power plants.
The Cardones-Polpaico project involved the construction of 1,728 high voltage towers, three new substations and the expansion of four existing substations. The transmission line is divided into three subsections starting in the Atacama region and finishing in the Metropolitan provinces. All three sections were energised by May 2019.
According to the latest report by the Chilean national energy commission, there were a total of 1,358 MW of renewable energy projects under construction in Chile at the end of April. Another 380 MW of power plants were in the trial stage.
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