September 17 (Solar) – Italian energy group Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) on Friday inaugurated its Chilean Renewable Energy Control Room at the company's headquarters in Santiago.
The facility is the only one in South America able to monitor four technologies — hydropower, solar, wind and geothermal, with a total installed capacity of 4.7 GW, Enel stated.
Built in just four months, following the merger between Enel Chile and Enel Green Power’s Chilean subsidiary, the control room can manage all of the firm's assets in the country 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
"From this Control Room, we will monitor the mix of technologies present in the country, optimising, within the nationwide generation mix, energy flows between grid demand and available supply from renewable sources, with benefits for the energy industry and for customers," said Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power.
Currently, the 4.7 GW of Enel power plants in Chile include 3.56 GW of hydropower capacity, 642 MW of wind energy, 492 MW of solar and 48 MW of geothermal.