Google's Chilean data center to be powered by Acciona's massive El Romero PV plant

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On Wednesday, Spain’s Acciona Energía announced that it has signed a deal with Google to power the company’s data center in Quilicura, Chile with electricity from its 247 MW-DC El Romero solar project.

Acciona won an international bidding process for the contract, under which it will supply 80 MW of electricity to Google. El Romero is located in the Atacama Region in the southern part of the desert of the same name, and the data center is located 650 kilometers away near Santiago. The two are connected by Chile’s Central Grid (SIC).

Acciona expects to complete the US$343 million project and begin delivering electricity during 2017. At 247 MW-DC El Romero will be among the ten largest PV plants in the world.

Google says it has entered contracts to nearly double its global renewable energy purchases to 2 GW, and this is its first large-scale purchase of renewable energy in Latin America.

Another portion of the electricity generated by El Romero will be supplied to Chilean electricity distribution companies on the SIC grid under a national auction. Acciona will begin to supply electricity under these contracts beginning in 2018.

This article includes reporting by Blanca Diaz Lopez. For her coverage of this contract in Spanish, please see the pv magazine LatinoAmérica website.