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LONGi has announced that it has recently signed a contract with Atlas Renewable Energy to supply 122 MW of Hi-MO4 bifacial modules for one of its projects in Chile.

LONGi has pioneered bifacial module technology in PV, promoting applications in solar plants on barren grass, sand, cement, snow and flat roofs. Depending on surface reflectivity, bifacial modules can deliver power generation gain of 7-25% over equivalent monofacial panels.

Patrick Valentin, Head of Strategic Sourcing at Atlas Renewable Energy, said: “We are pleased to select LONGi as one of our project partners. Implementing LONGi’s state-of-the-art technology in bifacials is a further representation of Atlas Renewable Energy’s strong commitment to technology innovations. It also aligns well with our mindset of partnering with great companies in the PV industry that are bringing the technologies of the future. We aim to always provide the most competitive solutions for our projects and clients in order to fulfill our mission to deliver reliable and cost-efficient clean energy to Latin America.”

“We are very pleased to partner with a leading company such as Atlas Renewable Energy. This is a great step forward for LONGi as we develop the solar market in Latin America. With this strategic partnership, LONGi and Atlas Renewable Energy are confident to deliver high-performance PV products and contribute to the energy transformation in Latin America.” Richard For, Vice President of LONGi Solar, said.

Since the launch in early 2017, LONGi bifacial products have accumulated a wealth of application cases around the world, and their product reliability has been verified in pilot projects and independent third-party tests. In May 2019, LONGi introduced its next generation bifacial module, Hi-MO4, based on the new M6 silicon wafers, once again leading the development of bifacial technology into a new era.

LONGi has reported that the company has, to date, the world’s largest shipment of bifacial modules in the PV industry, with a cumulative shipment over 3 GW as of 2019.

Source: LONGi Solar

Acciona has put two new renewable energy projects into service in Chile in the last trimester: the San Gabriel wind farm (183 MW) in the region of La Araucanía and the Almeyda photovoltaic plant (62 MWp) in the region of Atacama. This means that the company has increased its operating capacity in the country by 84%, strengthening its position as the main generator of 100% renewable electricity in the Chilean market.

The start-up of San Gabriel and Almeyda takes Acciona’s renewables capacity in Chile to 536 MW, these two facilities joining the Punta Palmeras wind farm (45 MW) in the region of Coquimbo, grid connected in 2014, and the El Romero Solar photovoltaic plant (246 MWp) in Atacama, operational since November 2016.

Acciona’s generation capacity will continue to grow in Chile in 2020, when it will complete the construction of the Tolpán wind farm (84 MW) in the region of La Araucanía and the Usya photovoltaic plant (64 MWp) in the region of Antofagasta. These plants are expected to enter service in the middle of the year.

In recent years, Acciona’s growth in Chile has been the result of contracts awarded in two of the public energy auctions called for regulated market clients in Chile, and energy sale contracts with companies such as Google, Falabella, ENAMI, LATAM Airlines, Aguas Chañar and ECONSSA.

Source: Acciona

The global wind and solar development company, Mainstream Renewable Power has placed a 185 MW order for the Cerro Tigre wind farm, to be located in the Antofagasta region, in Chile. The contract includes the supply and installation of 44 V117-4.2 MW wind turbines, as well as an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park over the next 20 years.

The Cerro Tigre wind project, awarded in the 2016 distribution companies tender, has already received the environmental and grid connection permits. Turbine delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2020, while the wind park is expected to reach commercial operation in 2021.

Vestas pioneered wind energy in Chile in 2001 with the 2 MW Alto Baguales wind park. With this new order, Vestas reaches a firm order intake of almost 500 MW in 2019 alone and surpasses a total of 1,4 GW of wind installed capacity or under construction, consolidating its 40 percent market share.

The Cerro Tigre project also reinforces Vestas’ leadership in the Southern Cone region, comprising Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, where the company holds a 50 percent market share.

Source: Vestas

Mix de generación de España en el escenario base. Fuente: BloombergNEF. Nota: El gráfico muestra una proyección para España peninsular (continental) y no incluye las islas españolas / Spain’s generation mix in the base scenario. Source: BloombergNEF. Note: The chart shows a projection for peninsular (mainland) Spain, and does not include Spanish islands

Maximizing the role of solar and wind power in the electricity systems of Spain and Chile between now and 2050 will hinge on the extent to which flexibility assets such as batteries and dynamic electric vehicle chargers are deployed and used. That is the conclusion of twin reports, published by BloombergNEF (BNEF) in partnership with Acciona.

Both Spain and Chile have world-class resources in sunshine and wind, and are therefore prime locations for the build-out of renewable energy over the next three decades. The BNEF reports model the outlook for the power generation mix of the two countries by 2050, based on various scenarios. Both Spain and Chile have ambitious targets for decarbonizing their electricity systems, the former for renewable generation, and the latter for the retirement of its entire coal-fired power station fleet. But attaining these, or getting close, will require a focus on flexibility, as well as simply pouring money into increasingly cheap renewables.

Flexibility is provided by technologies that can rapidly increase or reduce the amount of electricity they deliver to the grid, depending on the balance between supply from generators and demand from businesses and consumers. Examples are stationary storage batteries, EV chargers that charge when electric prices are low rather than at peak periods, interconnectors to other countries, and – on the fossil fuel side – quick-response gas-fired power stations.

Among the conclusions of the two reports are:

• The base-case scenario for Spain shows wind and solar generating 51% of total electricity by 2030, and as much as 75% by 2050, thanks to the fact that they are the lowest-cost options in that country for generating power.
• The base-case scenario for Chile shows wind and solar surging from supplying 13% of the country’s electricity now, to 40% by 2030, and 67% by 2050. The market is expected to be 93% supplied by all renewables in that year. In a coal phase-out scenario, the figure rises to 98%.
• In Spain, in a scenario in which battery storage costs fall more rapidly than expected, the electricity system could need 13% less gas back-up capacity by 2050, have 12% fewer emissions, and accommodate up to 94% zero-carbon generation.
• In Spain, in a scenario in which EVs are able to charge flexibly (to take advantage of hours of cheaper electricity), the added costs to the energy system of electrifying transport can be halved. It would also lead to 9% fewer emissions than in the base-case scenario.
• An increase in interconnector capacity between Spain and France would enable the share of zero-carbon electricity to be increased relative to the base-case, and at slightly lower overall cost. However, the benefits are less obvious in the long-term as the interconnector utilization drops due to wind and solar over-generating more often in both countries simultaneously.
• However, another scenario in which storage costs fail to come down as sharply as expected, would lead to 11% more emissions by 2050, and 3% higher system costs, than in the base case.
• In Chile, wind and solar represent a $35 billion investment opportunity between now and 2050, and batteries an $8 billion opportunity.
• In Chile, coal makes up 39% of electricity generation today and this is set to slide all the way to 6% in the base-case scenario, as it loses ground to cheaper wind and solar projects.
• To cut coal-fired generation further, and minimize Chile’s emissions, would require deliberate government policy and 25% more investment in new generation than in the base case.

Source: BNEF

The publicly owned company Econssa Chile S.A., responsible for ensuring access to potable water and wastewater collection and treatment services in nine regions of the country, has awarded Acciona the supply of 100% renewable electricity to the desalination plant it is now building in the municipality of Caldera in the region of Atacama.

According to the terms of the PPA, the contract will come into effect in November 2019, with a long-term horizon to cover all the desalination plant’s electricity requirements. It is the sixth PPA for the supply of energy singed by Acciona in Chile.

All the electricity supplied by Acciona will come from the company’s renewables plants in the country, where it currently has 291 MW in service and facilities under construction –some of them in the final phase of assembly and start-up- totaling 393 MW.

1,200 liters of water per second

In a context of water shortages in many parts of the country, Econssa has been building a seawater desalination plant since early 2018. Its total production capacity of 1,200 l/s will cover the consumption of people living in four municipalities in Atacama. Until now, this supply was covered by a spring.

Initially, the electricity supplied will allow Econssa to carry out the first technical tests on the plant. The energy supply will gradually increase as the three stages of the start-up of the plant are completed, from 450 l/s in the first phase to 1,200 l/s when it is operating at full capacity.

Sixth PPA in Chile

The supply contract signed with Econssa joins others signed with major corporate clients in Chile. For example, with Google for the supply of electricity to its data center; the distribution chain Falabella, to supply around one hundred stores of the group and its subsidiaries; Aguas Chañar for its end-to-end water facilities in the region of Atacama; LATAM Airlines Group for its corporate offices and operation and maintenance base in Santiago airport, and the National Mining Company of Chile (ENAMI) to supply its plants in the regions of Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo, as well as the consumption associated with the modernization of a publicly-owned copper casting facility.

Acciona has also signed supply contracts with all the distributors and cooperatives in the country following an energy tender for the consumption of regulated clients called “Tender 2013/03, 2nd call” and “Tender 2015/01”.

Source: Acciona

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The multinational Nclave will supply its single axis solar tracker mono-row SP160 in two different PV projects of 110 and 103 MW of power respectively in Chile, as well as another project of 100 MW in United States. In addition, there is a fourth project of 27 MW located on the other side of the Atlantic, in one of the areas with more solar radiation in Colombia, whose sponsor is Trina Solar Energy Spain. These PV projects make Nclave keep the lead in the Chilean market and embark on large projects in United States and Colombia, markets in which Nclave will strengthen its position over the next few years.

Nclave has the widest range of products in the market; fixed structures, single axis tracker mono-row SP160 and multi-row SP1000 and twin tracker SP240, – the latest design to be incorporated, which has recently received the UL3703 certification, granted by the UL LLC, besides the one already obtained for the mono-row and multi-row models and UL2703 certification for fixed tilt structures. Nclave also has the CE marking, renewed last June due to the integration of the EN 1090 standard for structural component requirements, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, IEC 62817, ISO 14064 and TÜV-NORD certifications (structural security of fixed structures) and DNV-GL (bancability).

Nclave will end 2019 with over 4.5 GW supplied worldwide. With more than 15 years of experience and offices and production centers on five continents, Nclave, is a leading company in the development, design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of fixed tilt structures and solar trackers, including the design and execution of any foundation solution. Nclave offers solutions with the lowest installation costs on the one hand, and, during the life of the project, operation and maintenance

Source: Nclave

Renewable energy, the only way forward to the global climate change mitigation and environmental requirements, is expected to comprise 50% of Chile’s power mix by 2030, according to GlobalData The company’s latest report, ‘Chile Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2019 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape’, reveals that the development of renewable energy is a high priority for Chile. In 2018, the share of non-hydro renewable power reached 19% of the power mix and is expected to exceed 50% of the power mix by 2030.

It is expected that with the growth of renewable energy sources in the future, the gas based power capacity in the country will increase from 48% of the thermal power capacity in 2018 to 55% by 2030.

Chile is now a net exporter of electricity, signifying that the increasing share of renewables and gas based power in the electricity mix will make up for the capacity vacuum resulting from the decommissioning of certain coal capacity by 2030.

Thermal power dominated Chile’s power mix in 2018 with a share of 52.7% of the total installed capacity, followed by hydro and renewable with a share of 28.1% and 19.1% respectively. In the renewable energy mix the major contributors are solar PV and wind with shares of 50.8% and 33.8% respectively in 2018.

Power consumption in Chile increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% between 2010 and 2018 due to increased economic activity.

Chile recognized the need for energy storage as a key attribute to provide continuous, sustainable and reliable renewable power. As such, Chile is looking to energy storage technologies such as batteries, pumped hydro, molten salts and hydrogen as their immediate opportunity areas. The country has also implemented transmission expansion plans to incorporate ease in transmitting the renewable energy.

Chile is a land of opportunities for renewable energy. The Energy 2050 Roadmap, large-scale energy storage solutions, grid modernization and the retirement of the fossil fuel plants are the crucial elements expected to drive Chile’s energy transition. The country is also extending their relations with US to strengthen the infrastructure investment and energy cooperation between the two countries, thus with flexible environmental approvals, several investors would consider investing in its power sector.

Source: GlobalData

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Ingeteam has signed a framework agreement with Solarpack, by means of which both companies have agreed to supply 200 megawatts of the Ingeteam Inverter Station solution to solar plants in Spain and Chile.

The signing of this agreement is the fruit of the good relationship between both companies, which commenced more than ten years ago. As well as the supply of equipment, the contract also includes its commissioning at the destination plants.

Ingeteam’s Inverter Stations, in both the Skid and Skidless versions, include not only the photovoltaic inverters with 1500V technology, but also all the other components required to convert the DC electricity produced by the solar panels to AC, and from low voltage to medium voltage (transformer, switchgear, etc.). This solution is capable of supplying up to 7.2 MW in medium voltage.

Moreover, Ingeteam will also supply its PPC (Power Plant Controller) system for each of the five solar plants coming within the framework agreement.

This supply of equipment is split between the three solar plants in Chile and two plants in Spain, which are currently being built.

Source: Ingeteam

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Within the framework of the investment program that Acciona Energía is carrying out in Chile, the company has begun the construction of the Almeyda solar plant, the second with photovoltaic technology installed in the Atacama region, mainly to support the electricity supply contract signed with the National Mining Company (ENAMI).

Located in the municipalities of Chañaral and Diego de Almagro, 17 kmfrom the latter, the Almeyda solar plant will have a peak capacity of 62.1 MWp (54.2 MW rated) and an emission-free annual electricity generation capacity estimated at 167.5 GWh, equivalent to the electricity demand of around 80,000 Chilean households.

The photovoltaic plant will be equipped with 187,620 modules (panels) mounted on horizontal tracking structures. It will cover 150 hectares in an area with one of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world, the Atacama Desert. The plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
The Almeyda photovoltaic facility will create 500 jobs in the busiest phase of its construction. Following its entry into service, the new plant will avoid the emission of around 162,000 equivalent tonnes of CO2 from coal-fired power stations every year.

Other plants in Chile

At present, Acciona Energía operates 291 MW in Chile (246 MW in the El Romero photovoltaic plant in the region of Atacama and 45 MW in the Punta Palmeras wind farm in the region of Coquimbo).
The company is currently constructing the 183-MW San Gabriel wind farm in La Araucanía, a region where another 84-MW wind farm will be installed. In 2019, construction work will also start on a new photovoltaic plant –Usya (64 MWp)- in the region of Antofagasta.

This construction effort will take the company’s total capacity in Chile to around 700 MW by 2020, i.e. three wind farms and three photovoltaic plants under its ownership in that country, with a total investment of approximately 833 million euros.

Source: Acciona Energía

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Abengoa has been selected by Compañia Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca S.A., part of the Grupo Teck Mining Inc., to develop the engineering, procurement and construction of seven 220 kV electrical substations for the second phase of the Quebrada Blanca mine in Chile. The project is worth approximately US$ 54 million.

The scope of the project contemplates engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of seven electrical substations 220/23 kV and 220/6,9 kV for the port, pumping stations and concentrator, part of Quebrada Blanca Phase II, whose main objective is strongly to boost the mine´s copper production and extend the mine´s productive life in more than 30 years. The project also includes the support in all pre-operational tests and the start-up of the previously mentioned facilities.

Obtaining this contract further consolidates Abengoa’s position in large mining sector, where it has been operating for more than 30 years, and where it has developed significant electrical and electromechanical assembly projects.

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