Chile agrees to phase out coal power plants

Chile is to ban the development of new coal-fired power plants. The nation’s Energy Ministry and electric power generators’ association Asociación de Generadoras have agreed to not build any new coal plants without carbon capture and reduction technologies. The companies, which include Enel, ENGIE and AES, have also agreed to form a joint working group, […]

Chile ‘making significant progress in going clean’

Chile has made significant progress in developing its renewable energy potential. That’s according to a new review from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which applauds the country’s new legislations and says they have encouraged investment in generating clean capacity across the sector. However, the organisation urges more ambition on energy efficiency and sustainable use of […]

Firm signs 1GW of clean energy won in Chile auction

A renewable energy firm has signed every one of the 175 contracts it won in Chile’s latest electricity supply tender. The power purchase agreements (PPAs) awarded to Mainsteam Renewable Power during the 2016 auctions will provide close to 1GW of clean power and will involve an investment of around $1.6 billion (£1.25bn). These projects, which […]

Competitive power provider builds on solar energy and billing in Chile

A new billing system has been deployed by Amigo Solar in Chile to support its digitised back office and help build its business. The company, a competitive provider of electricity in the country, is using the system from LogNet Billing. Amigo Solar deploys intelligent microgrids to harvest, store and supply solar energy, combined with electricity […]

Chile unveils new district energy strategy

The Government of Chile has announced a new district energy strategy in a bid to improve air quality. According to official figures, air pollution is responsible for 4,000 premature deaths in the country, costing $8 billion (£6.4bn) per year in medical expenses and lost labour productivity. The government is working in collaboration with UN Environment […]

New record global low price for solar in Chile

The price of solar in Chile has hit a record global low in an energy auction. The government has awarded a contract to sell solar energy at $29.1/MWh (£21.8/MWh). That undercuts the previous record set by a solar plant in Dubai at $29.9/MWh (£22.4/MWh). Spanish firm Solarpack won the bid and will built a 120MW […]

Santiago’s metro to be powered mostly by renewables

Santiago’s metro system is to be powered mostly by solar and wind energy. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said the station and trains which are used by more than 2.5 million passengers will run on 60% green energy. Metro de Santiago has signed a 15-year contract to use clean energy produced by two renewable sites which […]

Chile to produce 70% of power from renewables

Chile has set a target to produce 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. That’s part of the country’s new strategy to improve the sector and reduce blackouts. Under the ‘Energy 2050’ programme, new buildings will also be 100% energy efficient, with control systems for power consumption installed. Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet said: […]

£2m for energy efficient and solar projects in Chile

UK and Chilean businesses will receive a share of £2 million to develop energy projects. The ‘Newton-Picarte Fund’ aims to boost energy efficient and solar projects in the South American country. Only medium or small sized companies from the UK can apply for the funding but the project needs to be in a partnership with a […]

Chile to build 260MW solar farm

The Chilean Government has given the green light to build a 260MW solar plant. Energy company SolarReserve will develop the facility which is expected to be operating by 2019. The Copiapo Project, located in the Atacama region, has a concentrating solar power tower technology with thermal energy storage combined with solar panels. It is expected […]