Chilean mining company Antofagasta Minerals announced Tuesday that it has sold off its 40% stake in a PV power plant in northern Chile to Atlas Renewable Energy — a Latin American-based solar company launched in March by private equity fund Actis.
Chile is set to reduce the amount of capacity on offer in its next major power tender and delay the start of power purchase agreements (PPAs) by a year, according to executive secretary of the National Energy Commission (CNE).
Growth market investor company Actis has acquired over 1.5GW of solar PV assets from bankrupt SunEdison in Latin America as part of a US$525 million commitment to launch a new Pan-Latin American renewable energy platform — Atlas Renewable Energy.
Mexico's SENER forecasts massive solar growth, with a 20-fold increase totalling 5.4GW by the end of 2019. In Spain, the long-anticipated renewable energy auction is given a confirmation for the first quarter of this year. Over in Chile, solar energy is being used to power the Santiago metro, through SunPower's El Pelícano project.