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Renewable energy in Chile

Wind farm near Canela, Chile
Solar radiation map of Chile

Renewable energy in Chile is a fast growing sector that in 2014 provided 9% of the country's electricity.[1] Chile has vast geothermal, solar and wind energy resources while fossil fuel resources are limited.[2] It has a legislated renewable energy target of 20% by 2025.[3]


  • Geothermal 1
  • Solar energy 2
  • Wind energy 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


With 15% of the world's volcanoes, Chile has vast geothermal potential, estimated at 16,000 MW. This includes the El Tatio geyser field, with 8% of the world's geysers.[4]

Solar energy

In 2014, a 100 MW photovoltaic plant located near Copiapó in the Atacama Desert was inaugurated. It was the largest in Latin America at the time.[5]

Wind energy

The 115 MW El Arrayán Wind Farm is the largest in Chile,[6] and at the time of its inauguration in 2014 it was the largest in Latin America.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Winds of change ", in The Economist, 3 September 2014
  2. ^ a b "Chile Top Renewables Market on Sunny Desert, Windy Shores", in Bloomberg, 8 October 2014
  3. ^ "Chile Doubles Renewable-Energy Goal to 20% to Spark New Projects", in Bloomberg, 15 October 2013
  4. ^ Hodgson, Susan Fox: "Focus on Chile", in Geothermal Resources Council Bulletin, vol.42, nr.1, 2013
  5. ^ "President Bachelet of Chile Inaugurates Latin America's Largest Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant", in abc27, 6 June 2014
  6. ^ "Grand opening for Pattern Energy’s El Arrayán Wind facility in Chile", in Renewable Energy Focus, 30 August 2014
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