Acciona Energía Chile will supply 600 GWh annually over 15 years to Chilean electric power distributors that operate in the Central Interconnected System (SIC) after being awarded this level of supply in the latest tender called by the country’s National Energy Commission (CNE). The electricity will be generated in non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) wind power and photovoltaic installations to be built by Acciona over the next few years. Their total capacity will be 255 MW, with a total investment of around 400 M€.
Acciona will sign energy supply contracts for the 2018-2032 period with the pool of distributors that were behind the tender all of which operate in the Central Interconnected System (SIC).
The 600 GWh awarded to the company is equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 300,000 Chilean homes or the energy content of 354,000 barrels of oil. It will also avoid the emission of 576,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year (from coal-fired power stations).
The company is presently carrying out a number of wind power and photovoltaic projects that will enable it to cover the allocated electric power supply. The bid was made in competition with conventional technologies, and it highlights the competitiveness of renewable energies against fossil-based equivalents in the Chilean market.
Last October Acciona started up the Punta Palmeras wind farm in the Coquimbo region. It is equipped with fifteen 3 MW Acciona Windpower turbines, the most powerful in the country at the time they entered service. The company is also working on other wind and photovoltaic projects in Chile, either as owner or for other customers. Currently, it is building a photovoltaic plant in the Arica y Parinacota Region for E-CL (Grupo GDF Suez).