In the region of Antofagasta, four plants are operational: the Taltal wind farm, the Ollagüe hybrid system and the Lalackama I and II solar PV fields. Under construction are the Sierra Gorda wind farm, the Cerro Pabellón geothermal facility and the Finis Terrae solar field. And in early 2016, new MW will be generated by the Carrera Pinto PV field.
Enel Green Power’s ‘renewable energy district’ in Chile continues to grow. The facility system that is operational in the region of Antofagasta - between the Pacific Ocean and the deserts at the foot of the Andes - has rapidly developed in just over two years, with wind farms, solar fields and hybrid renewable plants embedded into electricity storage systems. And it will keep on growing thanks to the ongoing construction of facilities that are unique in the world.
EGP’s Chilean renewable hub currently includes four plants that are already online: the Taltal wind farm, the Ollagüe hybrid system, which integrates the energy from the sun and wind with a storage system, and the Lalackama I and II solar PV fields. Additionally, at the very beginning of 2016, the Carrera Pinto solar field was put into service, with 22 MW grid-connected out of the total 97 MW that will be online when the facility is completed, while at the end of 2015 - on December 22 - the worksite at the Sierra Gorda wind farm was opened. The list of new facilities in the region of Antofagasta also includes two record-breaking plants that have already been under construction for the last few months: the Cerro Pabellón geothermal plant – the first one using this technology in the whole Latin American continent – and the Finis Terrae solar field, which, with its yearly 400 GWh, will become EGP’s largest in the world.
The total installed capacity in the country is approximately 600 MW from wind and solar, with historic activity in hydropower. The development of plants in the Antofagasta region has contributed to achieving this result, and will do so even more over 2016-2017, when an additional 600 MW will be generated by ongoing projects, thanks to which the total installed capacity in Chile will reach 1,200 MW.
Chile has chosen renewable energy to meet 25% of its electricity needs with clean energy by 2025. Enel Green Power plays a central role in the country’s new green era. In fact, together with technologies to generate energy from sun, wind, water and the Earth’s steam, it has brought a lot of innovation, turning Chile into an open-air laboratory featuring the most cutting-edge solutions, so much so that the Chilean International Renewable Energy Congress granted EGP’s Ollagüe and Cerro Pabellón the “Innovation” and “Renewable Project of the Year” awards for 2015.