Three new photovoltaic plants working in Chile

Enel Green Power (EGP) has completed two new photovoltaic plants in Chile, Lalackama and Chañares. Both are now linked to the grid and the company has also brought the final 4 MW of Diego de Almagro plant online. The solar parks, located in the regions of Antofagasta and Atacama, with a global installed capacity of 136 MW, required a total investment of some US$240m.

Lalackama, with an installed capacity of 60 MW, is EGP’s largest photovoltaic plant, capable of generating up to 160 GWh a year, equivalent to the consumption needs of around 90,000 Chilean households. Building the solar park required an investment of almost US$110m.

The Chañares plant, close to the Diego de Almagro solar park, with an installed capacity of 40 MW is capable of generating up to 94 GWh a year, equivalent to the consumption of about 53,000 homes. The construction of this park involved an investment of about US$70m.

By bringing online the final 4 MW, the Diego de Almagro plant is now fully operational. It has a total installed capacity of 36 MW and consists of some 225,000 thin-film modules manufactured in the EGP factory in Catania, Sicily. The solar park is capable of generating up to 80 GWh a year and responds to the needs of around 45,000 Chilean households, thus avoiding the emission into the atmosphere of over 50,000 tonnes of CO₂.

These projects are accompanied by long-term contracts for the sale of the electric power generated and delivered to the Chile’s regional grid, the SIC (Central Interconnected System).