Major work begins on Latin America’s largest solar PV project


At the first of this month, Spain’s STI Norland began installation of mounting structures on the El Romero project, which will be the largest solar PV project in Latin America when it is put into service in the middle of 2017.

The project, which is owned by Acciona, is located in the Atacama region. A portion of the electricity generated will be sold under a contract awarded through a recent distribution company auction, which was open both to renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

In this auction for electricity distributors in the SIC grid which was completed more than one year ago, Acciona was awarded supply contracts which it will meet with 255 MW of wind and solar projects.

The Romero Solar project is also emblematic because it will supply electricity for Google’s data center in Chile. This contract, which was announced last December, is for 80 MW.

STI Norland will participate in the project by supplying half of the mounting structures as well as managing installation work. Specifically, the company will supply 9,714 of its STI-F5 fixed structures. The plant will incorporate JA Solar and Hareon PV modules.

The plant’s annual generation is estimated at around 500 gigawatt-hours per year. Acciona expects to put the project into service in the middle of next year.

Currently, the largest completed solar project in Chile is First Solar’s 141 MW Luz del Norte project, which as of January had entered into the testing phase.

This article was translated by Christian Roselund. For the original article in Spanish, please see the pv magazine Latinoamérica website.