Planning approval secured for 245MW solar PV plant in Chile

Feb 11, 2017 – Mainstream Renewable Power has received planning approval from Chile’s Environmental Assessment Service for its 245MW solar PV facility in Escondido, Chile.

The $290M project will feature two solar parks to be located in the communes of Copiapó and Tierra Amarilla: Parque Solar Río Escondido and Parque Solar Valle Escondido.

The Río Escondido Solar Park will be located in an area of approximately 422ha at 58km from the city of Copiapó. It will feature 550,368 photovoltaic panels and will have a capacity of 145MW of power.

Located 49km from Copiapó, the Valle Escondido Solar Park will have 382,000 panels on an area of approximately 360ha. It will have an installed capacity of 100MW.

The new facility will be connected to the grid through a transmission line from the Río Escondido substation, located inside the park.

Mainstream Chile general manager Bart Doyle said: “The north of the country benefits from some of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world, and Chile has yet to properly promote and develop its solar energy resource.

“With the Escondido project we want to contribute by delivering clean energy for the region and the country, which will help diversify the energy mix and move towards sustainable development.”




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