Renewable energy developer Pattern Development has chosen renewables services firm Global Energy Services (GES) to construct a 122MW solar plant in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
GES' work on the Conejo PV plant, located 30km from Taltal in the Antofagasta region, will include PV plant, substation and switching substation construction, as well as a 15km high voltage transmission line between both substations. This is the largest project GES has constructed.
The firm recently created an independent PV division to aid its presence in the solar market.
Earlier this month, Pattern Energy Group announced it had ramped up construction of the Conejo plant – adding that it had also completed around US$205 million in project financing.
Conejo Solar has signed off on a 22-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Minera Los Pelambres, a subsidiary of Antofagasta Minerals, for around 65% of the site’s total output.
In related news, Spanish renewable energy firm Grenergy Renovables has requested environmental permits to install 27MW of PV parks in Chile’s O’Higgins and Santiago regions.
The firm announced three 9MW projects last week through its local subsidiaries GR Araucaria, GR Canelo and GR Chaquihue. The plants, named La Esperanza, Marchigue and Santa Rosa, involve a total investment of US$54 million and will be installed in the second half of 2016.
The first two projects are located in Marchigue, O’Higgins, while Santa Rosa, which was announced on August 18, will be developed in San Pedro, Melipilla province.
Earlier this year Grenergy was permitted to install a 40MW PV plant in Coquimbo region where it expects to produce 88GWh electrivity per year.