Engie to build 1.5GW of wind-solar hybrid projects in Chile

Engie’s projects in the northern Antofagasta region will help it towards target of developing 2GW renewables in Chile by 2025

Engie previously helped to develop the 48MW Monte Redondo wind farm in Chile

Engie is to build two hybrid renewable energy complexes, combining wind, solar and batteries, with a combined installed capacity of 1.5GW after winning a tender to use government land reserved for renewable projects.

The projects will be located at Pampa Fidelia and Pampa Yolanda, two concessions within the government’s Taltal wind reserve in the northern Antofagasta region.

Engie has not confirmed how this 1.5GW capacity is split between the two clusters, and how it is split between wind, solar PV and battery storage. Windpower Monthly has contacted the developer for comment.

The projects will be the first such complexes that the company has built in the South American country.

“The use of the three technologies achieves a more stable round-the-clock hour supply of power to clients by storing energy during the day and injecting it when most needed,” said Engie Chile CEO Axel Leveque.

The projects will contribute to Engie’s aim of developing 2GW of renewables capacity in Chile as it closes its coal-fired generation capacity by 2025.

The plants will be the second to be built on government land.

Chilean energy firm Colbún is seeking environmental approval for its 816MW Horizonte  wind farm after winning a 30-year concession for a 80km2 site in December 2017.

State Land Minister Julio Isamit said that more than 40% of Chile's renewable energy capacity is located on state land.

"During these four years, we expected to award 111 sites for energy projects with commitments to install more than 12,000 MW of capacity and to invest almost US$10 billion," the minister told Windpower Monthly.