Accelerating Chile’s energy transition
Since 2014, EDF Renewables Chile has been accompanying the country in its transition towards a carbon-free energy matrix, contributing to the construction of a more sustainable future through the development, construction and operation of new renewable projects that allow greater flexibility to the system. Together with its partners, EDF Renewables has and operates 436 MW of installed capacity in Chile.
Wind and solar gross installed capacity
Cabo Leones I Wind Farm
EDF Renewables Chile and the Spanish group Ibereólica Renovables expanded the capacity of the Cabo Leones I wind farm, located in Freirina, Atacama Region, by 60 MW.
The expansion project added 12 new wind turbines to the existing 55 at the farm, bringing the total to 67 with a total installed capacity of 175.5 MW of clean, renewable energy. As of 2022, this will make it possible to inject more than 500 GWh per year into the National Electric System through the Maitencillo substation, supplying the energy consumption of approximately 163,000 homes and avoiding the emission of 299,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The Santiago Solar photovoltaic plant is located in Til Til, Metropolitan Region, 50 km north of Santiago. The plant consists of 358,700 polycristalline modules with a fixed structure with a total 115 MW installed capacity of with a generation capacity of renewable energy of approx. 200 GWh per year, enough for the annual supply of 90,000 households, avoiding the emission of 190,000 tons of CO2 each year. The plant, that started its operations in 2018 and is co-owned by EDF Renewables Chile and AME, is the largest solar park in the Metropolitan Region, Chile’s most populated area.
Bolero is a solar power plant jointly owned by EDF Renewables Chile and Marubeni. With an installed capacity of 146 MW and an annual production of 380 GWh, it is capable of supplying energy to approximately 191,000 Chilean households. The plant has 475,000 photovoltaic modules equipped with trackers to orient their position according to the course of the sun. It is located in Sierra Gorda, in the middle of the Atacama Desert, a place with one of the highest levels of radiation in the world.
In 2022, construction began on what will be the largest solar plant in Chile with a capacity of 480 MW and developed by Generadora Metropolitana. CEME 1 is an important project for Chile's energy transition, financed by EDF and its partner AME, which reinforces the EDF Group's position in the country and its commitment to the development of renewable potential.
Located in the Antofagasta region, CEME 1 will be able to supply energy to around 400,000 Chilean households and avoid the emission of 280,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per year. The solar park will consist of 860,000 photovoltaic modules and will cover an area of approximately 400 hectares, the equivalent of 370 soccer fields.