Solar-energy services provider SunEdison has concluded an agreement with Chilean mining and steel company, CAP, for the construction of a photovoltaic power plant in the country.

The proposed facility will be located in the Atacama Desert of Chile, with an installed capacity of 100MW.

SunEdison will employ over 300,000 Silvantis monocrystalline silicon modules for the plant to generate 270GWh of electricity.

CAP president Jaime Charles remarked that the company was committed to innovation and sustainable development in the country and meet its renewable energy goals by employing advanced technology.

Energy produced by the facility will be procured by CAP and will meet approximately 15% of its requirements, reducing carbon emissions by 135,000t per annum.

SunEdison general manager for EMEA region Pancho Pérez noted that the solar developed had formulated an innovative solution to reduce CAP’s energy costs and increase its share of clean energy consumption.

"This initiative furthers our leadership position as a solar power producer in Chile and across the rest of Latin America," added Pérez.

The facility, once completed, will be operated by SunEdison subsidiary, SunEdison Renewable Operations Center, which provides round the clock monitoring and management services to a global portfolio of rooftop and utility installations.