You think you’re dreaming … but it’s a reality! Solar farms in northern Chile generate too much electricity for local demand. So … Gift.
In recent years, Chile has invested so much in renewable energies … that electricity has become free! An ubiquitous and unexpected situation which, one suspects, delights the inhabitants!
In just a few months, 29 solar farms have opened in northern Chile. And, apparently, they are all very efficient: production far exceeds local demand! Result? A collapsing sale price. Electricity has even been completely free in the north of the country for 118 days!
So of course, the majority of the Chilean population, 40% of whom live in the metropolitan area of Santiago, is not yet concerned by this measure which mainly affects the localities and settlements of the north around the Atacama Desert. However, this is not a first! Electricity remained free for 192 days in the same region last year (a record that could be broken by the current series).
The situation is not about to reverse. While Chile has already quadrupled its solar capacities in three years, 15 other solar power plant projects will soon see the light of day!
That said, the free will not last forever and, ultimately, all the better, because the plants should not close for lack of income. In fact, if the plants produce more than is necessary, it is mainly because the country lacks transmission lines capable of carrying electricity throughout the country.
Maximo Pacheco is the Minister of Energy of Chile:
“Chile has at least seven or eight points in the transmission lines that are no longer reliable or that are blocked, it is a huge challenge before us to overcome these constraints. When you embark on the path of growth and development like the one we have known, you can obviously see difficulties emerge. ”
A new transmission line is already under construction.
Just a little delay in switching on. Chile probably did not believe that it could produce so much solar energy in such a short time. It was quickly forgetting that, when you want, you can!
Definitely, after announcing that it would be the first country to run its metro thanks to the wind and the sun, Chile never ceases to surprise us with its capacity to innovate! Hat.