Italy-based power company Enel Green Power has started building two solar photovoltaic projects in northern Chile with a combined power production capacity of 100 megawatts. The company said it plans to build the $110 million Lalackama PV project - its largest PV project and the third largest in Latin America - with a capacity of 60 MW.
Enel will also build a 40 MW project in the Atacama region of Chile at a cost of $70 million. The Chanares project will be located near the 36 MW Diego de Almagro solar project. This Chanares is scheduled to be finished by early 2015 while the company has not disclosed a completion date for the Lalackama PV project.
Both projects have power supply contracts to sell the electricity generated on the regulated market, said Enel. These contracts were awarded in November 2013 via a tender held by 26 distributors for Chile’s Central Interconnected System.
In Latin America, Enel has a net installed capacity of 17,155 MW and produces 65.7 terawatt-hours. Of this total capacity, Chile accounts for 6,184 MW and has a net production of 20.4 terawatt-hours.