The La Huayca power plant in Chile’s Atacama Desert has plans to start delivering 1.4MW of solar electricity to the region’s mining and other industries. Owned and operated through a joint venture by Saferay and Seltec Ingeniería, the plant is scalable up to 25MW with planned expansions over the next few years.
Saferay noted that it turned to GE Energy to supply two outdoor PV inverters that would operate under the climate conditions of the region. GE will also supplyother electrical equipment for the project, including medium-voltage switchgear and transformers.
“The Chilean government’s policy is that industry must source at least 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, otherwise financial penalties will apply,” said Juan Fernández, head of project management, Saferay. “That means this plant has to perform reliably and efficiently on a long-term, consistent basis, and in order to make that happen we turned to GE, whose technology, experience, resources and global presence will help make the plant a success. In turn, we expect that success to stimulate the solar PV industry throughout the entire region.”