Chiloé Wind Energy and Electrification Assessment

 

Location: Chiloé Archipelago, Chile

Type:
  • Wind

Status: Completed in 2005

Project Leader: American Electric Power (AEP)

Key results

  • Completed a detailed pre-feasibility study assessing the installation of wind-diesel hybrid generation systems to be coupled to local distribution grids on 32 islands of the Chiloé Archipelago in Chile, connecting a total of approximately 3,700 customers
  • Presented the results to the Comisión Nacional de Energía of Chile (the National Energy Commission) to help develop a roadmap for rural electrification with renewable systems in these remote islands

Location: Chiloé Archipelago, Chile

Type:
  • Wind

Status: Completed in 2005

Project Leader: American Electric Power (AEP)

We completed a pre-feasibility study with the Comisión Nacional de Energía of Chile (the National Energy Commission) to investigate the installation of wind-diesel hybrid generation systems coupled to local distribution grids on 32 islands (approximately 3,700 customers) of the Chiloé Archipelago. The Archipelago, consisting of 36 islands, was given priority by the Chilean government under its ambitious National Rural Electrification Program (REP). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) invited us to explore the electrification of the remote islands using sustainable energy.  

The major results of the study are as follows:

  • A global wind map of the archipelago was prepared by EDF, showing wind speed in the region
  • The results of the pre-feasibility phase of the project indicated that such a project appears to be feasible and financially viable, given the capital subsidy provided under the Chilean REP at the time
  • Detailed capital and operation and maintenance cost studies for each island were prepared, clearly indicating the level of investment required to electrify the islands

We presented the results of the pre-feasibility study to the Comisión Nacional de Energía of Chile (the National Energy Commission) in 2005 to help develop a roadmap for rural electrification with renewable systems in these remote islands.

The pre-feasibility study was completed under the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between GSEP, the Chilean government and UNDP. The MOU outlined support for activities and projects that promote the principles of sustainable energy development and that contribute to the economic welfare of the beneficiary communities.

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