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).