Desarrollos Fotovoltaicos de Chile, a solar company based in Santiago, Chile, is seeking approval for its proposed 98MW PV facility in the Tarapacá region in northern Chile and has submitted its plans to the Chilean environmental authority, Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA).

The project, called Proyecto Fotovoltaico Huatacondo, requires an investment of around US$196 million and will be built on 242 hectares of land 100 km south of the town of Pozo Almonte.

If approval is sought, construction is expected to begin in June 2013. When complete, the PV system will be connected to the region’s electricity grid Northern Interconnected System (SING).

A total of 1.29GW of PV projects are currently under construction in Chile with more in the pipeline. Just last week, the SEA approved Solar Chile’s environmental impact statement for its proposed 30.24MW thin-film PV plant.