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Chilean authorities approve 250 MW (AC) solar project


Chilean authorities approve 250 MW (AC) solar project

The €240 million Parque Fotovoltaico Sol de Vallenar project is being developed by Spain’s Cox Energy in Chile’s northern region of Atacama.

Chile’s environmental authority Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA) has approved the construction of the Sol de Vallenar Photovoltaic Park, a 250 MW (AC) solar plant planned for the municipality of Vallenar, in Chile’s northern desert region of Atacama.

According to the local government, the plant will generate 731 jobs and represent an investment of 620 million dollars, a figure that, however, is that of the SEA project file, which had been submitted for the first time by the company Sol de Vallenar Spa, a subsidiary of the Spanish company Cox Energy, in 2014. The Spanish group, on the other hand, said in its own press release that investment in the new plant will amount to €240 million euros, and will create more than 300 jobs at the time of its construction, and 20 jobs in the operation and maintenance phase.

According to the same document of the SEA, the plant will use approximately 980,000 photovoltaic modules and will include the construction of a 1 × 220 kV interconnection line with an approximate extension of 8.5 km and of a 0.4 km long transmission line.

One of the largest operating solar plants in Chile is also located in the Vallenar region; the Romero Solar plant, which Spanish company Acciona connected to the Chilean network at the end of 2016.

Spanish power provider Cox Energy entered the solar business this year by securing a long-term PPA for 660 MW of solar power from Spain’s power distributor, Audax. At the time, it also said it will develop the new solar plants alongside an unnamed international partner, without providing more technical or financial details about the projects or the PPA.

Source PV Magazine

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