According to Enel’s request for environmental clearance from Chile’s SEA for its 404 MW proposed plant in Antofagasta, the project will make use of the connection point available for its wind farm in the region. Pictured is Enel’s Chiriqui solar power plant in Panama. (Photo Credit: Enel Green Power)
- Enel Green Power is planning a 404 MW solar power plant in Antofagasta region in Chile
- The company is seeking environmental approval for the same from the country’s environmental assessment authority, SEA
- Project will be located in Sierra Gorda province where the company already operates 112 MW wind farm
- Once all approvals are in place, Enel plans to start construction on the 404 MW plant in February 2021
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Enel Green Power in Chile is seeking environmental approval to go ahead with a new solar PV plant with 404 MW capacity. The Italian power company has applied for the project with the country’s environmental assessment authority, Servicio de Evaluacion Ambiental (SEA).
Th proposal submitted by the company is for construction and operation of the Sierra Gorda Solar Photovoltaic Plant, transmission line and substation. It expects an investment of $400 million.
Location of the project is Sierra Gorda province in Chile’s Antofagasta region, approximately 58 km south of Calama, where Enel already has the 112 MW Sierra Gorda Wind Farm operational since 2016. It wants to make use of the large land mass here for PV panels and at the same time, it will share the connection point with the wind farm.
Enel hopes to start construction in February 2021 leading to an estimated employment creation for a maximum of 903 people during construction and 12 during the operational period which is expected to last 25 years. More about the project can be read on SEA’s website.
In May 2019, Sungrow said it is supplying PV inverters for Enel Green Power’s 400 MW solar power plant in Atacama desert in Chile’s Copiapó region (see Sungrow Inverters For Enel’s 400 MW Chile Project).
Recently, Mainstream Renewable Power secured environmental approval for its 123 MW PV plant in Chile’s Atacama region (see 123 MW Chile PV Plant Secures Enviro Approval).