Total, SunPower win contract for another 164 MW of solar PV in Chile


SunPower and Total have signed their second large PV contract in Chile in less than one week, this time with Colbún. This morning the Chilean power company announced the signing of a 15-year contract with the two companies for the supply of 500 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually.

This contract was won through a competitive solicitation, in which Total and SunPower beat out at least 13 other companies, which submitted more than 20 bids in total.

SunPower and Total intend to meet their obligations under this contract through the construction of a 164 MW solar PV project. SunPower will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, and will build the plant using its modular Oasis Power Block product.

Similar to the Pelican solar plant which SunPower plans to build to supply the Santiago metro, the company plans to utilize a robotic cleaning solution in its maintenance, which it says will dramatically reduce water usage.

SunPower has a strong presence in Chile’s solar PV market, which is the largest in Latin America. In 2014 the company built the 70 MW Salvador solar project in Chile, the world’s largest merchant solar power project.

This contract has also been covered in Spanish on the pv magazine Latinoamérica website.