SunEdison closes 70MW deal with Chilean copper mine

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Global solar project developer, SunEdison has closed a 70MW deal with a Chilean copper mine.

The agreement is for 20 years' power supply with one of the largest private mining groups in Chile, and one of the largest copper mines in the world, Los Pelambres’ copper mine, located in the Coquimbo Region. 

The 70MW Javiera power plant is currently under construction in the Antofagasta Region and is scheduled for commission by early 2015. SunEdison's yield co TerraForm Power will then take ownership.

The power is to be supplied through the Central Interconnected System (CIS) grid.

Los Pelambres general manager Robert Mayne-Nicholls said the SunEdison solar plant will help the company reach its 2015 goal for 30% renewable energy generation, using wind and hydro as well as solar.  

Jose Perez, president of SunEdison for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America said the agreement confirmed the companies’ commitments to renewable energy and SunEdison’s continued role in developing solar in Latin Amercia.

Last month SunEdison closed finance for its 72.8MW Maria Elena solar plant. It is constructing the 92MW Gramadal PV power plant, and already has two utility-scale PV plants completed in Chile – the 100MW Amanecer and 50MW San Andres plants, which are both in the Atacama Desert.

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