Acciona has initiated construction works on the 238MW Malgarida I and II photovoltaic (PV) complex in Chile, covering 535ha.

This will be the company’s seventh renewable energy facility in the country.

Acciona South America energy head José Ignacio Escobar said: “Over the last two years, Acciona has focused a large part of its investments in Chile on renewable energies.

“From late 2019 to date, we have commissioned two wind farms and two photovoltaic plants totaling 400MW and nearly $600m in investments.

“The construction launch of the Malgarida I and II projects reflects the company’s confidence in the Chilean market while reinforcing Acciona’s leading position in the development of renewable energy in the country.”

Set to be built with an investment of $170m, the Malgarida I and II photovoltaic projects will reach an annual generation of 654GWh.

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The two new facilities will use 580,000 solar modules, set upon horizontal sun trackers.

During the peak of the construction phase, the Malgarida I and II projects will create 700 jobs.

The solar PV complex will power demand of 280,000 Chilean homes, while offsetting 512,000t of carbon emissions annually.

Recently, Acciona commissioned the Tolpán wind farm, generating 84MW in Araucanía Region. It also commissioned the Usya solar PV plant, which generates 64MW in the municipality of Calama.

Every year, Tolpán Sur will generate more than 307GWh of clean energy supplying nearly 140,000 homes, while Usya will generate 146GWh of emission-free energy.

In July this year, Acciona announced the opening of the first grid-connected floating photovoltaic solar plant in Spain.