Chilean officials approve 93MW solar project in Arica y Parinacota Region

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The project will require an investment of US$200 million and will be developed on 404 hectares of land. Image: iamme ubeyou / Flickr

Members of Chile’s Regional Environment Assessment Commission (CEA) approved the construction of a 93.2MW solar project in the Arica y Parinacota region of the country.

Construction on the installation — known as the ALWA Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant — was approved after complying with environmental impact procedures. Once completed, the installation will be connected to the country’s northern grid —  Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING).

The project will require an investment of US$200 million and will be developed on 404 hectares of land. The installation will be comprised of 334,000 solar modules installed on single-axis trackers. Once completed, the project is expected to generate 272 GWh annually.

The construction phase of the installation will employ 620 people for a period of 14 months. During its operation phase of over 30 years, the site will create 40 jobs.

Gladys Acuña, intendant of the Arica y Parinacota Region, noted: “The photovoltaic solar parks are initiatives that not only energize the region's economy with the generation of jobs, but also are in the path of what characterizes us as a region that has great energy potential.”

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