The Pampa Elvira solar thermal plant will supply process heat for the copper extraction process at Codelco’s Gaby Mine in Sierra Gorda, Antofagasta Region. The companies expect to commission the USD 26 million plant during the second half of 2013.
Energía Llaima (Las Condes, Chile) and Sunmark A/S (Svendborg, Denmark) have begun construction of a solar thermal plant to support a mining operation in Northern Chile, which they say will be the largest plant of its type in the world.
Hydroelectric generation between January and March increased 312% compared to last year, supplying 37% of consumption, while wind energy generation increased 60% in the same period and supplied 27% of consumption.
The Chilean Ministry of Mines estimates that the plant will produce 51.8 GWh-thermal of energy, enough to replace 85% of the diesel currently used in the copper electro-extraction process at the Mine.
As reported in March, penetration of solar energy in the Portuguese market remains low, with photovoltaic projects covering only 0.7% of 2012 total energy demand. However, the Portuguese energy regulator Direcção Geral de Energia e Geologia (DGGE) reported an increase in solar energy generation last March. It reached 360 GWh in 2012, compared to 265 GWh in 2011.
Os moradores serão contemplados pelo Programa Luz para Todos, com investimento previsto em R$ 23,6 milhões. Os custos de investimento serão cobertos pela Conta de Desenvolvimento Energético (CDE) e os custos de operação, manutenção e ampliação, pela Conta de Consumo de Combustíveis (CCC).