ACCIONA Energía Chile has secured a tender for 506 GWh/year of electricity output for 20 years.
Claimed to be the biggest invited by Chile, the energy tender was open to both renewable and traditional technologies. ACCIONA will construct a 183MW windfarm to meet the output gained at the auction.
ACCIONA Energia Chile's general manager José Ignacio Escobar said: “The result of the tender once again highlights the fact that our renewables-based solutions are very competitive, even against conventional technologies.
“It reaffirms ACCIONA’s commitment to participate in Chile’s development based on sustainable economic, social and environmental parameters.”
The new windfarm will be constructed at San Gabriel, which is located 5km east of the town of Renaico in the region of La Araucanía. Energy produced from the farm will be sufficient to supply power to approximately 250,000 homes in Chile and will also reduce 486,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions a year released from coal-fired power stations.
For delivering the new output, ACCIONA will sign contracts with the electric power distribution companies operating in the Central Interconnected System (SIC) and the Northern Power Grid (SING). These two systems account for more than 90% of electricity production in the country.
Image: Acciona Energy will build a 183MW windfarm in the region of La Araucanía. Photo: Courtesy of Acciona Energy.