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Chile: EDF, Engie, Sonnedix among 2GWh+ of projects submitting EIAs in September

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Nine projects pairing solar or wind with energy storage submitted environmental impact assessments (EIAs) in Chile last month, totalling well over 2GWh of capacity, by companies including Engie, EDF and Sonnedix.

The projects are the latest in a flurry of renewable energy development activity in the country as it seeks to hit 70% renewable electricity generation by 2030, and come as our publisher Solar Media prepares to host the Energy Storage Summit Latin America in the capital Santiago next week (October 17-18).

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The nine projects total US$1.7 billion of investment, 1,366MW of renewable energy generation and 2,027MWh of energy storage capacity at the very least, with two not revealing exact figures. Planned commercial operation dates (COD) for the projects are mostly between 2026 and 2027, with one set for 2030.

The largest among them is the Wayra Wind Farm project, being developed by the renewables arm of global utility EDF, EDF Renewables. It proposes combining wind and solar PV arrays into 557MW of generation with up to 750MWh of energy storage capacity, and is targeting a 2027 COD. A full table of the projects compiled by Energy-Storage.news is further down.

The total energy storage capacity for the projects submitted in September is likely to be significantly higher than 2,027MWh as the two that did not provide figures are substantial: the 167MW Los Portones and 144MW Fenix Wind Farm projects, both combining wind and storage.

Fenix is also being developed by EDF Renewables, while Portones is from another French-headquartered multinational utility and independent power producer (IPP), Engie. The latter is already building a 418MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) at an existing solar PV plant.

All projects would see the energy storage facility, mostly comprising BESS technology, shifting the generation into the evening and night using a shared interconnection point.

Project nameTypeGeneration (MW)Energy storage (MWh)Commercial operationInvestment amount (US$ millions)Company
Carica Wind ParkWind and storage924002027290Sonnedix
Solar FutureSolar and storage4040202675Energy Head
Los PortonesWind and storage167n/a2030250Engie Energia Chile
Wayra Wind FarmWind, solar and storage5577502027623EDF Renewables
Ostolazas Photovoltaic ParkSolar and storage204202512Trinergy
PFV PeucoSolar and storage1672202560oEnergy
Fenix ​​Wind FarmWind and storage144n/a2026110EDF Renewables
Ritoque Solar Photovoltaic ParkSolar and storage10089202670Uriel Inversiones
Corinto Solar Photovoltaic ParkSolar and storage230.86722027200Corinto Solar Spa

As part of its decarbonisation Chile is seeking multiple gigawatts of energy storage to be deployed by 2030, and passed a bill late last year to allow standalone projects to be remunerated in the country’s capacity market.

Most projects are nonetheless being paired with generation with huge opportunities to balance out peaks and troughs in generation available. Chile has the highest intraday spreads in the world, according to developer Flexen which recently discussed its 1GW standalone BESS projects with Energy-Storage.news.

Other multinational energy firms are highly active in the Chile market alongside EDF and Engie, with the Chile arm of US-headquartered AES recently turning Latin America’s largest BESS online while Italy-based Enel started building a 67MW BESS in August.

Returning for the second edition in Santiago, Chile, the Energy Storage Summit Latin America will explore opportunities in countries such as Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

Join Solar Media on October 17-18 to meet with investors, policy makers, developers, utilities, network operators, technology providers, EPCs, consultants, law firms and more to make sure you are a part of the rapidly evolving storage landscape in Latin America.

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