Chilean power distributer AES Gener held a ‘virtual ground-breaking’ ceremony for projects that will incorporate 253MW of renewable energy and a 112MW lithium-ion energy storage system.
The virtual ground breaking of the Andes Solar II-B and Campo Lindo projects took place at AES Gener’s Smart Center, where the company remotely operates all its plants in Chile.
The Andes Solar II B project in the Antofagasta Region of the country will include the largest lithium ESS in Latin America. The 112 MW ESS uses US firm Fluence’s 6th generation solution to store power for five hours.
Chile’s energy minister Juan Carlos Jobet said: “The total closure of coal-fired plants before 2040 is a great challenge that we have set for ourselves.
“Investments that combine renewable generation with storage will allow us to take a big step to provide flexibility to the system and achieve the objective of having a clean matrix.”
AES Gener is adding more than 2,300 MW of renewable capacity and batteries to its portfolio by 2024.
Image: AES Gener’s CEO, Ricardo Falú, Chile’s Minister of Energy, Juan Carlos Jobet, and AES’ chairman of the Board, Julián Nebreda.