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Chile’s largest solar power plant underway
Energy firms are working together to develop Chile’s largest solar power plant. German renewable energy specialist juwi and Chilean engineering company Kaltemp are constructing the plant, which is expected to be finished summer this year.
The plant has a total capacity of more than 1,200kW and will ready to produce solar power later this year. It is almost two hectares big and consists of around 5,000 polycrystalline modules. Once complete, it will produce enough power to supply a modern irrigation system in a nearby clementine and avocado plantation.
Juwi said the solar plant will sets new standards in the South American country, with Northern Chile having some of the highest solar radiation in the world.
Diego Lobo-Guerrero Rodríguez, juwi project coordinator for Latin America, said: “Chile has enormous potential for the use of solar energy. Besides the intense solar radiation, Chile has also outstanding wind conditions. Furthermore, Chile is politically stable and very open to renewables.”
In the solar sector, juwi has already been involved as a project developer in two research projects in the Atacama desert. Last year, the specialist for renewable energies has successfully installed two solar power plants with a total capacity of six kW each, one in the coastal city of Antofagasta, the other in the City San Pedro de Atacama.
The plants use polycrystalline as well as thin-film modules and were constructed in cooperation with the Centre for the Development of Energy based at the University of Antofagasta.