solar power

The El Romero Solar plant will feature 777,360 polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic modules, spread across 280ha area in the municipality of Vallenar, 645km north of the Santiago.

In addition to reducing CO2 emission of approximately 485,000 tons per year, the plant is designed to generate 505GWh of clean energy per year meeting power needs of 245,000 Chilean homes.

Acciona Energía CEO Rafael Mateo said: "We are very pleased to contribute to the availability of clean, quality energy in Chile through what will be our biggest photovoltaic plant in the world."

Construction work on El Romero Solar is planned to commence soon and is scheduled to be completed in mid-2017.

Power generated from the solar project will be used to cover other renewables-based electricity supplies in the country.

The project is expected to contribute to the company’s effort to supply 600GWh of renewable power to distribution concession holders in the Central Interconnected System (SIC) from 2018.

In Chile, Acciona Energía built the 45MW Punta Palmeras wind farm and also the first phase of the 7.2MW Pampa-Camarones photovoltaic plant.

Acciona is engaged in the development and management of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services.

Image: Acciona-built solar power plant. Photo: courtesy of ACCIONA.