Pacific Solar, a Chilean PV project developer, has submitted plans for the development of two PV plants with a combined capacity of 123.5MW to the Chilean environmental authority Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA).
Both plants will be constructed in the Antofagasta region in northern Chile, near the town of Maria Elena, in the province of Tocopilla.
The first plant, called Inti Photovoltaic Project, will have a capacity of 69.5MW and will be developed by Chile-based Inti Pacific 1, an affiliate of Spanish renewable energy developer. It will require an investment of around US$139 million and be equipped with 350,280 polycrystalline silicon PV modules.
If approved, the plant will begin construction in December 2013. When complete, it will be connected to the Northern Interconnected System (SING) grid through a purpose-built substation located within the project area.
The second plant, called Pacific Photovoltaic Project, will have a capacity of 54MW and will be developed by Inti Pacific 2, also an affiliate of Nexer. The development of the project will be split into two phases. The first phase will involve installing 17MW of capacity while the second phase will involve installing the remaining 37MW.
In total, the plant will require an investment of US$108 million and utilise 272,160 polycrystalline silicon modules. It is slated to begin construction towards the end of December 2013 and expected to come into operation in April 2014.