Andes Mainstream, a Chilean subsidiary of Irish renewable energy specialist Mainstream Renewable Power, has presented plans to Chilean environmental authorities in the hope of obtaining approval for its proposed 70MW solar park in the Arica y Parinacota region in northern Chile.
The US$180 million project, called Parque Solar El Águila (Solar Park Eagle), will be constructed on 141 acres of land and will involve the installation of 252,000 poly-crystalline PV modules. These modules are estimated to generate approximately 140GWh of electricity every year which will be fed into the Northern Interconnected System (SING) for distribution in the small village of Chapiquiña.
By developing the solar park, Andes Mainstream is hoping to promote the use of renewable resources in the area. Chile is fast becoming a hotbed for solar activities. The country has already received proposals for large-scale projects which have a combined capacity of 2.4GW, of which 900MW have already been granted environmental authorization. However, many of these projects are struggling to obtain financing.