ACCIONA opens 246MWp El Romero Solar plant in Atacama Desert

8 November 2017 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2017 12:00)

ACCIONA Energía has opened the new 246MWp photovoltaic (PV) plant El Romero Solar in the Atacama Desert in Vallenar, Chile.

ACCIONA opens 246MWp El Romero Solar plant in Atacama Desert
ACCIONA Energía representatives. Credit: ACCIONA.

ACCIONA Energía has opened the new 246MWp photovoltaic (PV) plant El Romero Solar in the Atacama Desert in Vallenar, Chile.

Covering a 280ha area, the plant was connected to the Chilean Central Interconnected System (SIC) grid last year.

The facility is capable of generating enough clean energy to meet the electricity demands of 240,000 Chilean homes.

El Romero Solar is equipped with 776,000 PV modules and has been supplying energy to Google’s Chile-based site since January 2017. Next year, the plant is expected to begin supplying other distributors in the SIC grid.

“The company is expected to double its renewable energy capacity in Latin America to more than 2GW by 2020.”

ACCIONA Energía president José Entrecanales said: “Chile meets all the conditions to be a leader in the development of renewable energy in the world and our El Romero Solar plant is a perfect example of it.

“What has been termed as non-conventional renewable energies today are in fact the energies that are going to become the conventional ones because they will be the ones that are imposed on all other generation technologies.”

The company is expected to double its renewable energy capacity in Latin America to more than 2GW by 2020.

ACCIONA currently owns 897MW of wind and PV power capacity in the Latin American region including Chile, Mexico, and Costa Rica.