Intelligence Series - Electric Power

Can Latin America Sustain its Solar Surge?

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Intelligence Series Electric Power

Solar growth has been strong in the region's major markets Chile, Brazil and Mexico, but transmission constraints, a lack of financing and political and policy uncertainty may mean that the growth surge slows in the short term....

Chapters

  • Introduction
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia and Peru
  • Mexico
  • Conclusions

Figures

  • New Projects Coming Online in 2019
  • Argentina’s Matrix
  • The Brazilian Matrix
  • Generation by Source in Chile
  • Prices in Peruvian Auctions

Insights

  • While Latin America has taken great strides in solar development in recent years, the region's governments need to implement long-term policies that facilitate the technology's share of the power mix and ensure a sustainable pipeline of projects.
  • Strong market mechanisms and innovative tendering design, such as Chile's 'time-block' auction system, are key for attracting near-term private sector investment in the renewables sector.
  • And while public financing makes up a small amount of overall renewable energy financing in Latin America, it should target the off-grid and mini-grid sectors as these projects are often deemed to be uneconomic by private investors.

Date
06-11-2018

Author
Adam Critchley

Editor
Christopher Lenton

Pages (English Version)
17

Regions
Americas South America Colombia Argentina Peru Mexico Venezuela Chile Brazil Bolivia Ecuador