Jul 24, 2020
The ongoing pandemic has placed considerable stress on emerging economies in general – but hit particularly hard are specific segments of renewable energy.
The results of the survey may be found below, while the team in Chile has drawn the following conclusions:
Survey on the impact of the Coronavirus on solar PV businesses in Chile
Chile has been severely impacted by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and has one of the highest infection rates worldwide. Large parts of the country have been under a complete lock-down for several months with stark implications for the local economy. In order to assess the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 health crisis on the Chilean Photovoltaics (PV) market, the NAMA Support Project “Self-Supply Renewable Energy” developed a survey which was carried out by ACESOL, the Chilean Association for Solar Energy, among its member companies.
The results of this representative survey indicate that the impact of the crisis is perceived differently depending on the size of the companies, as well as the measures they plan on taking to confront the challenges. Overall, 38% of the companies indicated that they are being severely affected by the crisis and additional 11% see themselves at risk of closure, smaller companies generally indicating higher levels of negative impacts than large companies.
Compared to their sales in 2019, 45% of micro businesses see a decrease of more than 75% and 40% of small businesses see a decrease between 50 and 75%. Meanwhile, more than 60% of large companies responded that the decrease in sales is 25% or less.
The majority of the SMEs responded that the lack of demand for new projects and the decrease in sales are the most pressing challenges, while larger companies note a significant delay of imported parts and systems. When asked for the measures they want to take to confront the crisis, “laying off staff” was the most common answer (55% of micro-, 35% of small-, 22% of medium- and 20% of large businesses). The second most common answer, especially among large companies, was “seeking bank loans”.
This NAMA Support Project promotes renewable energy for self-supply in Chile and has recently published the following materials to advance photovoltaics systems (in Spanish language):