ACCIONA Energía Chile will supply 600GWh a year over 15 years to Chilean electric power distributors that operate in the Central Interconnected System (SIC) after being awarded this level of supply in the latest tender called by the country's National Energy Commission (CNE).
The electricity will be generated in non-conventional renewable energy installations – wind power and photovoltaic – that ACCIONA will build over the next few years. Their total capacity will be 255MW, with a total investment of around 500 million US dollars (400 million euros). ACCIONA will sign energy supply contracts for the 2018-2032 period with the pool of distributors that were behind the tender; they all operate in the Central Interconnected System (SIC).
The total of 600GWh awarded to the company is equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 300,000 Chilean homes or the energy content of 354,000 barrels of oil. It will also avoid the emission of 576,000 metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere a year (from coal-fired power stations). The company is presently carrying out a number of wind power and photovoltaic projects that will enable it to cover the allocated electric power supply.
ACCIONA Energía CEO Rafael Mateo expressed his satisfaction at the result of the bid, in which the company was awarded all the energy it had offered: "It is a very positive outcome that will strengthen our position in Chile and allow us to make a significant contribution to the country's objective of achieving a more sustainable energy matrix".