Environmental Impact Assessment Committee approves the second PV project in the region of Valparaíso, Chile

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There was good news with the approval of the Environmental Impact Declaration for the “Doña Carmen Solar Park” project by the committee on 11 May, at its meeting in the Esmeralda room of the Regional Administration of Valparaíso.

The regional authorities voted unanimously to approve the project that consists of the construction and operation of a solar park, to be situated in the district of La Ligua, in Petorca province, in the Region of Valparaíso.

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The project aims to collect and transform solar power into electricity to be fed into the SIC, Chile’s Central Interconnected System. The Doña Carmen solar park involves the installation of 159,016 250 Watt solar panels that will generate an installed capacity of 40 MW.

At the end of the session, the Valparaíso Regional Ministerial Secretary for Energy, Jorge Olivares Tirado, welcomed the vote as this is the second PV power project to have been approved for the region: “this is good news as it will help increase our versatility. The Region is characterised by a grid predominantly based on gas and coal so this type of renewable energy is necessary for its diversification. As such we will be able to start to transform this into a Region that is committed to NCREs”.

This initiative will help comply with the objective proposed by the Government of achieving 20% participation by NCREs in the country’s electricity grid by 2025.