Enel begins operations at its 160MW solarpark in Chile

30 May 2016 (Last Updated May 30th, 2016 18:30)

Enel Green Power Chile (EGPC) has started production at its 160MW photovoltaic (PV) solarpark in Chile.

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Enel Green Power Chile (EGPC) has started production at its 160MW photovoltaic (PV) solarpark in Chile.

Having invested $270m in constructing the company's largest solar facility in the South American country, Enel's subsidiary has connected the solar plant to the grid Finis Terrae.

Located approximately 1,300km north of Santiago, in the municipality of Maria Elena in the Antofagasta Region, the 160MW Chilean solarpark can produce more than 400GWh every year. It is being capable of meeting the annual power consumption needs of nearly 198,000 Chilean households.

The solar plant also helps cut CO2 emissions by more than 198,000t per annum.

The $270m investment made by the Italian company to build the power plant has been was financed through the company's own resources.

"The 160MW Chilean solarpark can produce more than 400GWh every year."

Electricity generated by the solar PV plant will be supplied to Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING), the Northern Region Transmission Network of Chile.

The Chilean grid Finis Terrae is supported by a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

Through its subsidiary EGPC, Enel currently operates a number of power plants in the country with a combined installed capacity of more than 880MW.

Of the 880MW, 364MW is generated from windpower plants, 430MW from PV solar and 92MW from hydropower.

In addition, EGPC is currently has carrying out 300MW of projects, which will increase the company's total installed capacity in Chile to nearly 1,200MW once complete.

Earlier this month, Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) began the construction of its PV solar project in North America, the 150MW Aurora utility-scale distributed solar plant in Minnesota, US.


Image: Enel connects its largest Chilean solar plant to the grid Finis Terrae. Photo: courtesy of maya picture / Freedigitalphotos.