Avenir Solar Energy Chile is planning to build and manage a 196MW solar project in Atacama, Chile, called “El Romero Solar”.
Estimated to begin construction in October this year with an investment of US$450 million, Romero Solar aims to provide 482GWh of electricity annually. The project is supported by Chile's National Energy Commission and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).
In an Environmental Impact Statement on 20 June, Avenir Solar Energy Chile proposed the project be near the town of Domeyko, Huasco Province in the Atacama Region.
The area placement for the project was justified as being close to transmission lines and existing substations and centres of energy demand.
The Atacama region is home to the southern side of the Atacama Desert, also known as the “driest place on earth” and home to some of the highest solar radiation levels in the world.
649MW of applications were submitted to the Chilean Environmental Evaluation Service (SEA) last May, and the SEA simultaneously approved another 764MW of total capacity.