On the 3rd of October 2017, Solarplaza hosted a webinar on operations and maintenance lessons learned from past years in emerging markets, as well as asset management in Latin America: Operational experience in Chile - Lessons learned for emerging markets in Latin America.
On the 26th of September 2018, Solarplaza organized a webinar on the topic of improving the development of solar PV assets: “Optimizing PV assets performance through O&M and AM tools”.
In the run up to Solar Asset Management LATAM, that Solarplaza organizes on the 17th and 18th of October in Santiago de Chile, we held an interview with Powerhub's CEO, Etienne Lecompte.
In order to show the strength of solar power in the Latin American region Solarplaza presents an overview and analysis of the Top 20 largest major solar players, using data supplied by GTM Research.
Chile has been struggling with transmission restrictions, which have caused a project development bottleneck. Solar projects have not been able to connect to the grid, despite the surge in construction and planned renewable energy capacity.
Sports, due to their ability to reach enormous number of fans worldwide, have long been platforms for value promotion. One of such values have been the concept of sustainability and energy efficiency that have become the subject of increased focus lately. We've compiled an overview of the 50 biggest solar systems connected to stadiums and sports venues worldwide.
Latin America’s particular conditions set the pace for the surge of the merchant model earlier this decade, making the region a pioneer and a case study for the global PV market. However, current constraints are leading investors to favor long-term PPAs as a more bankable model towards financing solar projects, proven by the recent successes of electric power auctions. Merchant solar, however, could still make its comeback in the region if grid restrictions are soon overcome and the trends of increasing oil and gas prices and dropping PV component costs continue.
Latin America has long been considered one of the main focus regions in the area of renewable energy and recent market developments are only solidifying its position. Although Chile is known as the single most prominent market on the continent, recent trends are seeing Mexico, Brazil and Argentina closing the gap.
Latin America is among the few regions in the world where conditions come as close to perfect as possible for the development of renewable energy sources. The region’s abundant natural resources are coupled with an enabling political climate resulting in a booming solar industry. To keep up-to-date on the newly established projects, Solarplaza presents the list of Top 30 Latin American operational plants. This overview comes as a precursor to our LatAm-focused event Unlocking Solar Capital LATAM. The conference is set to take place on 15-16th of June in Miami, an important financial hub for the Latin American region.
Operational experience gained in Chile could be valuable in Northeast Brazil as the Brazilian market takes off, comments the Brazilian PV Association.
The Italian Chamber of Commerce is supporting the transfer of knowledge and skills to help Chile develop a green energy economy.
Using asset management platforms to gain a portfolio-wide view of operations can improve operational staff efficiency by up to 20%.
If you're looking for in-depth insights in the Latam solar markets, we suggest you to take a look at this report from gtm research (discount available for Solarplaza relations).
Chilean PV plant operators are slowly increasing the sophistication of maintenance procedures to cope with the market’s unique challenges.
The Latin American region is seen by many as a 'natural market' for solar PV. Until now however, the real boom still has to come. Chile so far leads the way with an installed solar capacity of roughly 1.5GW (source). Thich is very small compared to a market like the US (roughly 20GWs intalled), but enough to start learning lessons on how to deal with operational PV assets.
Solar developers are looking into a new asset management model to unlock the potential for smaller plants in Latin America’s top market.
Solar Asset Management Latam (Santiago de Chile, 28-29 September 2016) will take place for the first time coming September. Project Manager Stefano Cruccu elaborates on the potential of optimized solar asset management for the Chilean solar market and Latin American region.
A record-breaking El Niño weather phenomenon could force Latin American countries to diversify away from hydro and towards PV.
Chile’s main PV association wants the government to foster distributed generation like it has done for grid-scale projects.