Chile Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021-2026)

The market is segmented by End-User (Residential, Commercial & Industrial (C&I), and Utility), and Deployment (Rooftop and Ground-mounted)

Market Snapshot

Chile Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2018-2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The Chile solar photovoltaic (PV) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 5% during the forecast period of 2021 - 2026. The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the solar PV market in the country in terms of supply chain disruptions and delays in solar PV project implementation.​ The COVID-19-related national lockdown measures, led to a halt on the construction of many ongoing solar projects in the country, slowing the market growth. ​The market for solar power in the country is expected to revive during the forecast period. As the solar industry has cut costs dramatically in the past six years through economies of scale and the cost of solar panels dropping exponentially are expected to drive the market during the forecast period. Moreover, increasing demand for electricity and raising awareness about environmental sustainability is also expected to promulgate the solar PV market in the country. However, competition from alternative renewable energy sources such as wind and bioenergy is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied during the forecast period.

  • The rooftop segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period, owing to government initiatives and upcoming rooftop installation projects in the country, majorly in commercial & industrial segment.
  • Due to increasing blackouts in the country leading to the electricity crisis and increasing demand for continuous power, solar PV installation is expected to create a significant amount of opportunities for the market players in Chile to full-in the supply and demand gap.
  • Factors such as increasing awareness on the solar PV development and supportive government policies are expected to drive the market during the forecast period.

Scope of the report

The Chile solar photovoltaic (PV) market report includes:

Commercial & Industrial (C&I)

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Key Market Trends

Rooftop Solar PV to Witness Significant Growth

  • Although utility-scale solar PV projects have gained a significant share in the market studied, small-scale rooftop solar PV systems also play an important role in the market. Moreover, rooftop solar offers the benefits of modern electricity services to households that had no access to electricity, reducing electricity costs, in turn driving the market in Chile.
  • The country boasts some of the sunniest places on earth, with areas like the Atacama Desert in the north of the country getting almost 356 days of clear skies. Coupled with high solar radiation and low humidity this makes it one of the best areas in the world for solar PV development.
  • In 2012, 7% of the country’s electricity was generated from renewables. From this point, it has seemingly gone from strength to strength, with the Chilean government then setting a target of 20% renewable energy by 2025 thereby boosting the prospects of rooftop solar installations.
  • In September 2019, Mexican multinational bakery product manufacturing company Grupo Bimbo, announced the inauguration of a self-sufficient solar roof built on  top of the warehouse of its company IDEAL, S.A. in Chile, which is the largest of its kind in both Chile and South America. The system is expected to generate approximately 3 gigawatt hours per year and it will mitigate 1,310 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere during this period, which is equivalent to planting over 88,870 trees.
  • Moreover, rooftop solar systems generate electricity during daylight, coinciding with the peak hours of most factory operations. Hence, while the sun is out, manufacturing facilities have the option to either limit their dependence on the national grid or abandon it completely. Hence, with the increased use of rooftop solar PV modules, the market is expected to the fastest-growing during the forecast period.
Chile Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market Share(%), by Deployment , 2019

Supportive Government Policies and Increasing Investments to Drive the Market

  • Chile’s first solar plant, a 3MW project was installed in 2012. Currently, there are more than 2,600 MW of PV operating and a further 2,845 MW under construction, according to Asociación Chilena de Energías Renovables y Almacenamiento (ACERA), the country’s renewables trade association.
  • This growth has been driven by dramatic reductions in price. When the solar industry first started in the country nearly a decade ago, the Levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) stood at USD 100/MWh. This has fallen to almost USD 20/MWh, a fifth of the price.
  • The country has now committed to completely phase out coal-powered generation by 2040, further incentivizing the push to support solar generation.
  • According to an estimation made by the Chilean Ministry of Energy and Germany’s international cooperation corporation, the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the country has a solar energy potential of 1,300 GW. This potential, together with the reduction of the investment costs of solar technologies, transformed. PV technology into one of the most competitive energy technologies operating in Chile.
Chile Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market - Generation

Competitive Landscape

The Chile solar PV market is moderately fragmented. Some of the key players are TerraForm Power, Inc, SunEdison, Inc, Etrion Corporation, Mainstream Renewable Power, and Sonnedix.

Recent Developments

  • Mainstream Renewable Power is developing the USD 934 million Huemul wind and solar PV project, the second phase of the USD 1.8 billion Andes Renovables renewable energy platform, which is expected to have a total capacity of 1.3 GW when completed. A third phase is currently in the financing stage. The projects are expected to begin commercial operations between 2021 and 2022.
  • Sonnedix is currently building the 171 MW Sonnedix Atacama Solar photovoltaic plant in the Pica district of the Atacama desert, one of the largest solar energy projects in Chile. The project includes the construction and operation of a 191.93 MW photovoltaic park, a substation, and a 220 kV transmission line with an approximate length of 15.6 km to the existing substation Los Maquis (220 kV), owned by local energy company Colbun.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Renewable Energy Mix, 2019

    3. 4.3 Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installed Capacity and Forecast in MW, till 2026

    4. 4.4 Recent Trends and Developments

    5. 4.5 Government Policies and Regulations

    6. 4.6 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.6.1 Drivers

      2. 4.6.2 Restraints

    7. 4.7 Supply Chain Analysis

    8. 4.8 PESTLE Analysis


    1. 5.1 End-User

      1. 5.1.1 Residential

      2. 5.1.2 Commercial & Industrial (C&I)

      3. 5.1.3 Utility

    2. 5.2 Deployment

      1. 5.2.1 Rooftop

      2. 5.2.2 Ground-mounted


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 TerraForm Power, Inc

      2. 6.3.2 SunEdison, Inc

      3. 6.3.3 Etrion Corporation

      4. 6.3.4 Mainstream Renewable Power

      5. 6.3.5 Sonnedix

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Chile Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Chile Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

TerraForm Power, Inc, SunEdison, Inc, Etrion Corporation, Mainstream Renewable Power, Sonnedix are the major companies operating in Chile Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market.

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