Spain’s Acciona Energia is to build its debut PV plant in Chile, the 7.2MW first phase of a 300MW project planned in the Atacama Desert.
The company will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for power company E-CL, the GDF Suez subsidiary, which is developing the Pampa Camarones Solar Park.
Once the plant is operational Acciona will also operate and maintain the plant for two years.
The plant will be connected to Chile’s SING grid, which serves the north of the country, and eventually generate some 18GWh of power annually.
Acciona Energy Chile general manager, Alfredo Solar, said: “We are very pleased to be working with E-CL so that Chile can take advantage of its enormous solar power potential and make progress towards the implementation of a more sustainable energy system, based on non-conventional renewables that are completely viable in sites like the one where this project is located.”
The larger Pampa Camarones project will be constructed in a number of phases and is expected to require investment of around US$600 million.
The build-out of Chile's large PV project pipeline has gathered pace this year, with SunEdison and First Solar among the leading players in the country. Analyst firm GTM Research has predicted Chile will see 277MW of capacity installed this year.