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    Chile: Innergex's solar plants in Atacama will have two storage systems

    May 18, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras


      The five-hour storage BESS projects are among the first solar and storage projects placed in Chile and are Mitsubishi Power's first such projects in South America. The 68 megawatt (MW) Salvador solar PV facility will add 50 MW/250 MWh of storage capacity. The second solution, to be located next to the 50.6 MW San Andres solar PV farm, will add 35 MW/175 MWh of storage capacity.

      Together, they represent an investment of $128.5 million. The projects will benefit from capacity payments and will also sell power into the merchant market, allowing the facilities to serve the market in the event of power demand. Both projects are scheduled to come online in 2023 and will contribute to Chile's national decarbonization goals to achieve 80% clean electricity by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

      Both projects will employ Mitsubishi Power's Emerald integrated plant controller, which is an energy management system (EMS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system with real-time BESS operation and a monitoring/supervision control platform. To enhance physical safety, both projects use lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides longer service life and superior thermal and chemical stability, according to Mitsubishi. The company has more than 1.7 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of projects deployed worldwide with utility-scale BESS solutions.

      From Innergex, a company that develops and operates hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar farms and energy storage facilities in four countries, they point out that "Chile is an attractive market" for the company. Chile sees storage as a priority in its Energy Roadmap 2050 and is currently developing more advanced regulations, which will further recognize the valuable contribution of battery energy storage systems to grid reliability and compensate them accordingly. These capacity payments represent an important component of the overall BESS revenue stream.


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