CSP Library

Tender for CSP plant in Chile

Publishing date: February 2013


Key technical charateristics

  • Power: minimum 10 MW
  • Technology: Parabolic trough or Tower or Linear Fresnel or Parabolic Dish
  • Fossil fuel backup: Yes, to keep temperature of HTF. Fossil fuel LHV multiplied by annual consumption must be less than 6% of plant's generation

Applicants are allowed to choose between two options for plant's site. On the one hand, applicants can prove they own or have rights to use a site for the plant, or,  on the other hand, applicants can use a land provided by Chilean government near Maria Elena.

In any case, the winning bidder will have to provide hourly DNI measures for at least six months carried out on the site where the plant will be built.

As it's expected, Chile's government will ask for experience to project promoters:

  • Development of a CSP plant of at least 10 MW
  • Engineering of at least one CSP plant (minimum 10 MW)
  • Construction of at least one CSP plant with a minimum budget for works of $70 million
  • Design, construction, operation and maintenance of a CSP plant

Bidders can provide a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the whole or part of the energy produced. If no PPA or if it doesn't include the whole generation, the electricity will be sold to the spot market.

Tender requires the plant to be operational within five years from signing of the agreement with CORFO.

Submission deadline as it's stated in CORFO's website is August 22, 2013

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