PV pipeline continues to grow in Chile with further 108MW

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The environmental evaluation service in Chile (SEA) has received two solar project applications for approval totalling 108MW.

On 26 August the 20MW ‘El Salitral’ project was proposed for construction in Combarbalá, Coquimbo Region, Chile.

Underground and overhead transmission lines will feed electricity from the solar plant to the Combarbalá substation – 3.6KM away.

The project has an estimated start date of 1 July 2014 and a 20-year life span. Details of the applicant were not disclosed.

US$40 million is to be invested, with 80,000 solar panels planned for installation.

On 5 September 2013, another environmental impact statement for ‘Solar Park Stay’ was submitted to SEA.

Owned by wind and solar developer, Andes Mainstream SpA, a joint venture between Irish company, Mainstream Renewable Power, and Chilean company, Andes Energy, the 88MW project is proposed for construction in La Higuera, Coquimbo Region.

Around 294,400 solar modules are to be installed, generating energy for the Central Interconnected System (SIC).

The estimated start date is 2 March 2014, and US$160 million has been invested for the project, which would have a 25-year shelf life.

The government recently revised its energy policy to include 20% renewables by 2025. In September an estimated 127MW of solar was under development, with a total of 4.9GW total pipeline for PV projects in Chile, which enjoys some of the highest solar irradiation levels in the world.

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