The largest solar generation project in Chile is currently undergoing the environmental impact assessment process, according to a report in El Mercurio.
The project, known as Atacama Solar, is being led by the communities of Pica and Pozo Almonte, primarily with the help of local business people.
It is expected that the investment in the project will be in the region of $773m and is forecast to add 250 MW of new capacity to the region of Tarapaca.
The project is likely to involve the installation of 2.8 million solar panels, the press report said.
Weather conditions such as minimal cloud cover and low humidity are seen as encouraging signs that Chile could become the hub of solar power energy in South America.