Solarpack and Codelco are set to construct what they herald as South America’s first industrial solar PV plant in Chile. The Calama Solar 3 project consists of a 1MW solar PV installation, which will be built across 15 acres of land with 4,080 silicon PV modules installed on single-axis trackers. The solar PV plant is expected to generate 2.69GWh of electricity per year, which will primarily power the mining company facilities in Chuquicamata, Chile.
Solarpack notes that this project will be constructed without using any subsidies or specific tax benefits for solar energy. Codelco has agreed to purchase the power generated at the solar plant under a PPA that specifies a long-term stable price at competitive rates in comparison to Northern Chile’s electric system wholesale prices.
Operation of the Calama Solar 3 plant is anticipated to start sometime in 2011.