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Status: Under Construction

Size: 1.2MW

German developer juwi and Chilean company Kaltemp are combining forces to construct the largest solar power plant in Chile to date. The 1.2MW plant is expected to commence production in mid-2012. More than 5,000 modules have been installed on a site of less than two hectares.

Northern Chile is one of the regions with the highest solar radiation in the world. This is the third Chilean project for juwi: last year the company constructed two research projects in co-operation with the University of Antofagasta. juwi installed two solar plants totalling 12kW, using polycrystalline and thin-film modules, one in Antofagasta and one in San Pedro de Atacama.

“Chile has enormous potential for the use of solar energy,” explained juwi’s project coordinator for Latin America, Diego Lobo-Guerro Rodriguez. “Besides the intense solar radiation, Chile has also outstanding wind conditions. Furthermore, Chile is politically stable and very open to renewables.”