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Colbún inaugurates first of 800-megawatt energy storage projects, in Chile’s Atacama

November 29, 2022

Energy Storage News:

Utility Colbún has inaugurated a solar-plus-storage project with a 32MWh battery energy storage system in the Atacama region, the first of an 800MW deployment target.

The Diego de Almagro project is a 330-hectare site comprising 470,000 solar panels totalling 230MW of power and a 8MW/32MWh BESS allowing for four hours of full power discharge.

The overall project totalled US$150 million of investment of which the BESS was US$11 million.

The project is Colbún’s first operational energy storage unit, the largest solar PV park in the Atacama region and also the “debut of this type of technology” there, the company claims.

Colbún has plans to deploy 800MW of energy storage overall in Chile including a five-hour, 240MW/1,200MWh co-located unit it proposed for the northern region of Arica and Parinacota in August. That project is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

The firm plans to have 4,000MW of renewable capacity online by 2030, having moved away from a model of procuring renewable energy from other companies.

[Cameron Murray]

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