First Solar, SunEdison unveil big plans in Chile


First Solar Energy Ltd., a division of U.S. thin film module manufacturer First Solar, has presented plans for a 162 MW photovoltaic project to Chile’s Environmental Evaluation Service (SEA).

The governmental regulator reported on Monday that First Solar is planning to build the $370 million Luz del Norte solar park in the Atacama region city of Copiapó, which is becoming an increasingly popular hub for photovoltaic projects.

First Solar is scheduled to start construction on the project, which would include about 1.7 million modules, in June 2014.

First Solar has had ambitious plans in Chile for several years. In January, the company acquired the photovoltaic project developer Solar Chile. Formerly owned by Fundación Chile, Solar Chile boasted a portfolio of 1.5 GW of solar projects in the north of the country at the time of its acquisition.


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