AustrianSolar begins construction on 98 MW solar park in northern Chile


AustrianSolar Chile has announced that on October 5 it held the ground-breaking ceremony of the Huatacondo Photovoltaic Project in the municipality of Pozo Almonte, in northern Chile.

The 98 MW project will be developed on 350 hectares of public land granted by the Ministry of National Property of Chile. AustrianSolar has specified that the works for the installation of the solar park will be finalized in the month of August of 2018.

The Huatacondo plant – a $196 million project located 100 kilometers south of Pozo Almonte in the Chilean region of Tarapacá – was initially developed by Santiago-based Desarrollos Fotovoltaicos de Chile (DFC). Later, the French group Eiffage acted as EPC builder of the plant, which was originally property of AustrianSolar Chile SpA. The project was acquired by a multinational consortium formed by the Japanese companies Sojitz Corporation and Shikoku Electric Power, in addition to the same Eiffage.

The Huatacondo solar plant will sell power to the Chilean spot market.