Chile's renewables ramp up output in Aug, capacity now over 8 GW

Tchamma wind farm in Calama, Chile. Image by Chilean energy ministry on Twitter (@MinEnergia)

October 1 (Renewables Now) - Chile’s renewables ramped up power production by 21.6% year-on-year to 1,809 GWh gross in August, Chilean energy commission CNE said in the latest monthly report.

The share of the so-called non-conventional renewables in the nation’s total electricity production rose to 25.7% in August from 22.5% in July, as the renewable power output increased by 12.9% month-on-month.

All major systems together generated 7,047 GWh gross in August, down by 1.3% month-on-month, but up by 9.1% in annual terms.

The renewables share in August is broken down as follows:

Technology: Gross production in GWh: Month-on-month change: Year-on-year change: Share in August:
Biomass 171 -1.5% 31.5% 9.4%
Wind 659 14.2% 9.7% 36.4%
Solar PV 751 15.9% 31.8% 41.5%
Solar CSP 3 -82.6% N.A. 0.2%
Small run-of-river hydro 144 -3.9% -15.5% 8.0%
Geothermal 32 -2.2% 93.9% 1.8%

As for the total installed non-conventional renewable energy capacity, Chile crossed the 8-GW mark in August to boast 8,028 MW. This is up from 7,338 MW in July. Almost of the renewables, specifically 7,999 MW, are in located in the SEN grid system, where solar power makes up 55% of installed capacity, CNE’s report shows.

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