Austrian Solar to build 100 MW renewable energy plant in Chile

Austrian Solar plans to build a $212 million solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Chile, the Global Post reported. The new plant will be located in the northern region of Chile in Coquimbo. Upon completion, the plant is expected to have 100.8 megawatts of nominal generating capacity and 105.78 MW installed generating capacity, according to company executives.

Austrian Solar has offices in Santiago, Chile. In addition to Chile, the company's industrial-scale PV plant projects will be concentrated in Italy and Spain.

"Our project experience includes grid connected PV plants up to 10 MW and developed projects up to 50 MW," said Austrian Solar on its website. "Additionally, Austrian Enviro Technologies offers operations and maintenance services and asset management for photovoltaic plants ready for grid connection or on grid already."

The renewable energy derived from the plant will go to the Central Interconnected System, or SIC, which provides power to most customers in Chile. 

The plant will be constructed in two phases and will be expected to hold over 220,000 solar panels on fixed structures.

More information on solar PV in Chile can be found at PennEnergy Research

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