The plant will have a capacity of 7.2MW, which is the first stage of the 300MW project planned in the Atacama Desert, and will be built under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract.

ACCIONA will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply, construction and start-up of the plant, which will be connected to the Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING), and will undertake its operation and maintenance for two years.

The PV facility is expected to generate around 18.1GWh of clean electricity per year, which is enough power to meet the demands of nearly 7,000 northern Chilean households while avoid the emission of almost 19,000kg of CO2 to the atmosphere from conventional coal-fired power stations.

Acciona Energía Chile general manager Alfredo Solar said, "We are very pleased to be working with E-CL so that Chile can take advantage of its enormous solar power potential and make progress towards the implementation of a more sustainable energy system, based on non-conventional renewables that are completely viable in sites like the one where this project is located".