Chilean authorities greenlight 93 MW of solar in Arica y Parinacota Region

The Environmental Evaluation Service of Chile’s northern region Arica and Parinacota has approved a 93 MW PV project to be located in the region.

The project’s required investment is estimated at $200 million. The plant will be located on a 404 hectare area, and will use 334,000 solar modules mounted on single-axis trackers.

The plant will be connected to the country’s northern grid Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING) through a new 17 km connection. The installation is expected to generate 272 GWh per year.

“The projects for solar parks not only support the regional economy with the creation of more jobs, but are also compatible with the strong energy potential of our region,” said the local governor Gladys Acuña.

Chile is currently Latin America’s largest solar market. According to local renewable energy association Acera, the country’s cumulative installed PV capacity had reached 1.7 GW at the end of February. The association also believes that another 1.2 GW is currently under construction. PV projects that have obtained or are in the process to obtain environmental approval currently total 15 GW.