Burned in Chile: The folly of merchant solar power

Summary: Pro-market policies have led to over a gigawatt of solar photovoltaic parks now operating in Chile. But with few long term offtake agreements available, an alarmingly high percentage of these depend on the spot price to generate revenues – which regularly drops to $0/MWh in the afternoons.

Carlos St JamesAbout the AuthorCarlos St. James is an advisor to energy investors and developers in emerging markets. He co-founded the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber in 2005; has been a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy since 2010; founded the Middle East-Americas Energy Council in 2014; and publishes the Latin American Energy Review in his free time to generate debate and educate on industry issues.

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The solar energy segment whose growth will eclipse all others in the 21st century

Summary: Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) — aka solar tiles, an integral component of the intelligent home movement — is a solar energy market segment that is projected to grow four times in the next five years to $23 billion. Easier to install than solar panels and with new designs that add to the beauty of a house, they will make panels obsolete.

Carlos St JamesAbout the AuthorCarlos St. James is an advisor to energy investors and developers in emerging markets. He co-founded the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber in 2005; has been a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy since 2010; founded the Middle East-Americas Energy Council in 2014; and publishes the Latin American Energy Review in his free time.

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