More Latin America Power Generation News

Austrian Solar submits EIA for first project in Latin America


Austrian Solar is planning a 100-MW photovoltaic (PV) project in the Chilean region of Atacama. The project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been presented to the region's environmental assessment service.

Commercial start-up of Porto do Pecem II’s first unit


Aneel, Brazil’s electricity regulatory agency, has given the greenlight for the commercial start-up of Porto do Pecem II thermoelectric plant's first generation unit.

Guatemala puts 250 MW of geothermal power out to tender


Guatemala's minister of Energy and Mines Erick Archila has announced a new tender focused on geothermal to be included in the government's plans to expand electric power production.

Wind energy funding hits $5.6bn in Q3


Funding activity in the wind energy sector reached $5.6bn in the third quarter of the year, thanks to “capital markets thawing and the renewable energy industry maturing”, according to new data.

GE sells power rental business to APR


APR Energy has agreed to buy GE’s power rental business for $314m in cash and stock, making GE a strategic investor in the company.

CCS report reinforces need to back ‘pivotal’ technology


A report from the Global CCS Institute has highlighted again the importance of the technology in combating climate change, however proponents are warning that barriers to its adoption must be removed.

Solar PV investment in El Salvador


SolEnergy Farms, together with Perfect Energy and Solar Horizon, will invest $150m in solar energy, with the aim of producing 60 MW in El Salvador.

Reform expected to bring on line 300 MW of renewables in Honduras


The Honduran Association of Renewable Energy Producers expects that the recent introduction of amendments to thePromotion of Electricity Generation with Renewable Resources Law will encourage the installation of 300 MW of renewables over the next two years.

New capacity needed to keep electricity costs competitive Chile warned


A new study conducted on behalf of Chile's Confederacion de la Produccion y del Comercio  (CPC) warns that this Latin American nation could face a doubling of its electricity prices if does not build new hydro and conventional power capacity.

Over 1 GW of stranded wind power assets in Brazil


Several wind farms, totalling 1.2 GW in capacity, which have been authorised by Aneel, Brazil’s electricity regulatory agency, and are ready for operation do not have the necessary connections to the transmission network.

Global drop in clean energy investment


Global investment in clean energy this year is on track to be significantly lower than it was in 2012, according to new figures.

Feature: Can Central America become energy self-sufficient via renewables?


Central America’s SIEPAC, an ambitious grid integration project spanning Guatemala to Panama, is expected bring energy security to the region. However, many countries in the region are now hoping to achieve energy self-sufficiency through the greater use of renewable energy.

Peru seeks billion-dollar financing for key power projects


Jorge Merino, Peru's minister of Energy and Mines, has announced that the country needs $27bn to finance essential electric power projects over the next decade to support the country’s economic growth.

Binacional hydro facility poses no risk says Eletrobras


The governments of Brazil and Argentina want the construction of the 2.2 GW Garabi-Parambi hydroelectric complex to start by 2016, but like so many similar large-scale hydro projects it is facing serious opposition.

Vestas and Suzlon lose Brazilian market share


New local content rules have had a negative impact on the businesses of Vestas Wind Systems and Suzlon Energy in Brazil.

Decision pending on Punta Alcalde thermal project


A decision by the Chilean Supreme Court on whether the construction of the 740 MW Punta Alcalde thermoelectric project can proceed is expected very soon.

Solaria set to install 100 MW of PV capacity in Brazil


Solaria Brazil, a subsidiary of Spain's Grupo Solaria, is to execute turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Brazil after signing an agreement with power utility Iguacu Geracao de Energia.

Mainstream announces $135m deal with Japanese investor


Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power has announced the closing of a $135m (EUR100m) equity investment by global Japanese Trading Company Marubeni Corporation.

Colombia's EPM to invest $4bn in power gen over next four years


Empresas Publicas de Medellín (EPM) in Colombia has announced it will invest over $4bn in building infrastructure between 2014 and 2017.

US offers best potential for nuclear SMRs


The US is the most attractive country in the world for the development of small and medium-sized nuclear reactors, according to a new report.