Canadian Solar wins Zaldivar project contract in Chile

The project is expected to being construction in 2024 and start operations in 2026.

Solar panels sit on a roof.

A set of Canadian Solar panels sit atop a roof. – Canadian Solar

Key Takeaways:

  • The 253 MWp solar plus 1,000 MWh battery energy storage project is currently in mid-stage development.
  • Once completed, it’s expected to displace more than 263,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year.
  • The project is a major step for Chile to meet its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Digging In:

The sun is shining on Canadian Solar.

The Ontario-based company was recently awarded the Zaldivar solar and energy storage project in Chile. 

The company manufactures solar photovoltaic modules, provides solar energy and battery storage solutions, and develops utility-scale solar power and battery storage projects. 

Canadian Solar won the 253 MWp solar plus 1,000 MWh battery energy storage project through a tender held by Chile’s Energy National Commission (CNE). 

The CNE awarded a total of 777 GWh/year of new generation backed by three different new renewable projects, of which the Zaldivar Project will account for 16 per cent.

The Zaldivar Project, located in Chile’s Antofagasta Region, is currently at mid-stage development. The project is expected to start construction in 2024 and reach commercial operation in 2026. Once in operation, part of the electricity generated by solar will be purchased by a pool of distribution companies under 15-year U.S. dollar-dominated power purchase agreements (PPAs), and the remaining will be purchased by private energy off-takers.

Canadian Solar stated that the Zaldivar Project will make a significant contribution to Chile’s carbon emissions reduction targets, while improving the reliability of the local grid. 

Canadian Solar expects the project to displace more than 263,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year. Additionally, the battery storage component of the Zaldivar Project will help improve the reliability and stability of Chile’s grid by providing firm capacity, ancillary services, and energy trading services, while enhancing the long-term value of these projects by creating diversified sources of revenue.

“Chile is one of the most promising renewable markets in Latin America,” said Shawn Qu, Canadian Solar CEO. “This solar and battery storage project awarded to Canadian Solar will reinforce our leading position in Latin America, particularly in Chile where Canadian Solar has a backlog of 600 MWp of solar projects and 2.2 GWh of battery storage projects. We will continue to expand our project pipeline in Chile, helping the country meet its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.”

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