Enel Green Power Chile (EGPC) has connected the 79MW Pampa Norte photovoltaic (PV) solar plant to the grid.

Situated in the country’s Antofagasta Region, the $150m project will deliver power to Chile’s Central Region Interconnected System (SIC – Sistema Interconectado Central).

The project features about 258,000 polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic modules installed over an area of around 290ha.

It will generate over 200 GWh of energy per year, enough to power around 100,000 Chilean households, and reduce more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Enel, via its subsidiary EGPC, presently operates a portfolio of plants in Chile which cumulatively produce about 700MW of energy.

Of the total capacity, 340MW is generated from wind power, 253MW is produced from solar PV and 92MW comes from hydropower.

EGPC also has over 500MW worth of projects under construction and once completed, they will bring the company’s total installed capacity in Chile to about 1,200 MW.

Enel, via its subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil ParticipaƧƵes, recently started construction of the Lapa solar park, which is situated in Bom Jesus da Lapa in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Bahia.

The solar park features two facilities, the 80MW Bom Jesus da Lapa and the 78MW Lapa.

After completion, the 158MW park will generate nearly 340 GWh of energy per year, enough to meet the annual energy consumption needs of over 166,000 homes in Brazil.