New grid inter-connectivity in Chile to boost solar industry

Last month the Chilean Senate passed a law which allows the inter-connectivity between the central electricity system (SIC) and the north electricity system (SING). This connection will improve the entry of energy powered by CSP plants.

The Chilean Senate has finally taken a step forward the inter-connection of the two biggest electricity systems in the country. With the recent approval of the law, the SIC and SING systems will be able to connect and therefore balance the generation and demand of energy in each system.


For solar energy this is a significant development since radiation is more powerful in the northern region, while the strongest demand in on the central system. Consequently, the inter-connection of the two grids will allow solar plants to supply the SIC energy demand while entering the system through the SING.

According to local media, the inter-connection will be running by 2017.The 110MW CSP Cerro Dominador plant developed by Abengoa will be able to benefit from the inter-connection as it is expected to start operation by 2018. The tower project that recently won the first international bid in Chile will inject its energy to the northern SING grid, and with the inter-connection potentially also supply the SIC demand.

At CHILESOL 2014 (27 & 28 May, Santiago de Chile), Pedro Robles, Abengoa's top executive who was behind the Cerro Dominador project, will be presenting on the development of CSP in the country. The event will also cover all the details on the grid inter-connectivity that will change the way solar energy is injected to the Chilean grid.

For more information on CHILESOL 2014 visit:http://goo.gl/kO1bal
Or contact Mercedes Galíndez at mercedes@csptoday.com

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