100 MW PV Project Switched On In Chile

SunPower’s 100 MW El Pelicano PV Plant Was Officially Inaugurated In Chile And Is Set To Power Santiago’s Underground Railway Network
06:44 AM (Beijing Time) - 15. January 2018
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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially inaugurated a 100 MW PV project in Coquimbo, which will supply 60% of its clean power to the city of Santiago’s underground railway network. (Photo Credit: Gobierno de Chile)

Key Takeaways

  • SunPower has commissioned its 100 MW solar power plant in Chile’s Coquimbo region
  • The El Pelicano PV project will supply 60% of its clean power to Metro de Santiago, the city of Santiago’s underground railway network
  • The project is estimated to generate enough clean energy to power 120,000 homes
  • SunPower has also used robotic solar panel cleaning technology for this project

The new 100 MW El Pelicano PV plant in Chile’s Coquimbo region will supply clean energy to the Metro de Santiago, which has now become the world’s first to operate with 60% energy coming from solar and wind power. Metro de Santiago operates the city of Santiago’s underground railway network.

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet officially inaugurated the plant that could produce enough clean energy to power 120,000 homes. The project was constructed by US-based SunPower, which uses the solar manufacturer’s Oasis modules and also includes robotic solar panel cleaning technology, which saves on the amount of water required to clean the systems.

Chile’s power transmission company Transelec SA acquired the switchyard that interconnects the 100 MW project with the integrated central system (SIC) of the country in September 2017.

At the end of November 2017, Chile’s cumulative PV capacity reached 1,802 MW with 761 MW installed within the first 11 months of 2017 (see Chile’s PV Capacity Crosses 1.8 GW).

 

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