LATAM: How renewable energy investments could be a strong move this year
Continuing with the theme of the environment, the generation of renewable energy seemed like a key market for us to investigate, especially in Latin America where rapid technological development and a favourable climate facilitate new investment opportunities throughout the region.
To provide a little more context, renewable energy, or, clean energy, makes reference to sustainably produced fuels which do not add to the problem of climate change while also providing a solution for the future of transport as well as daily life in general.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the potential for accelerated and unforeseen changes to the global population, giving a new perspective to the environmental crisis. However, the changes following the pandemic are temporary, meanwhile the changes associated with climate change are not the same and it is due to this that today’s theme is all the more important.
The Latin American scene for renewables
Before sharing specific examples, it is important to highlight the numbers and, in effect, underline the potential that exists within this sector in Latin America. The capacity for renewable energy in the region in 2020 was 278GW, 60% more than at the beginning of the decade.
This statistic represents the incredible potential for investments in the market, and with a need to make ourselves the difference between crisis and success with respect to the environment, there is a need to also continue the development seen in the past decade in order to increase the capacity a bit more and perhaps your investment could change our course towards lower emissions.
With this established, we can investigate some examples of their use in Latin America. We just mentioned the climate in the region, and, specifically, each country has their own individual advantages which make the generation of other forms of energy more viable, for example, solar energy in Chile or wind energy in Argentina.
For potential investors, this diversity shows a large gap in the market to find big returns, not only economically, but also environmentally. Furthermore, with 25% of the total energy consumption of the region being from renewables, there still exists a potential to increase the level of development with new projects in Latin America.
What are the specific examples?
Now we have three projects to share with you, hopefully they can demonstrate the type of investment that you would be able to make in the region:
Uruguay - Paso de los Toros
· US$2.7 billion of investment
· 310MW of energy generated
For potential investors in the sector, the clean fuels are very important with regards to alternative and sustainable vehicles, the same ones that will represent normality in the near future. Therefore, investment in biomass could become a solid option this year.
Chile - Likana
· Thermo-solar energy
· US$2.4 billion of investment
· 450MW of energy generated
One thing we have learned during the last year is the necessity to be able to adapt and use unseen situations positively to create an impact on our global society. Global warming presents a crisis, but also an opportunity to make the best of a difficult situation. In Chile, the higher temperatures can be used to generate clean energy and avoid the use of fossil-fuels, perhaps an opportunity for investment that would be worth researching a bit more.
Argentina - La Deseada
· Inland wind energy
· US$2.2 billion in investment
· 900MW of energy generated
The Project with the highest projections with regards to energy generated, a fact that, when linked to lower investment when compared to the others, presents a viable investment that could have good returns both economically and environmentally.
So, if you are interested in finding out more about how investment in renewable energy in Latin America could be perfect for you, as well as other opportunities to develop your business, contact us today! Below this article, you will find a link to set up a free fifteen-minute consultation with us to discuss your options further.
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