Chile heats up: SunPower and Enel add new power plants

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On Friday, SunPower, Total and Chilean energy officials celebrated the completion of the US$200 million, 70 MW PV Salvador project in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

The project, which records show was synchronized to the grid late last year, is one of the world’s largest merchant solar power plants, according to SunPower and Total.

"As one of the world’s largest operating solar merchant power plants, PV Salvador represents an important milestone for the electricity generation industry, proving that solar can provide wholesale power at competitive prices in completely unsubsidized markets," said Bernard Clement, senior vice president, Total New Energies, in a statement.