Atlas Renewable Energy commences operation of its Sol del Desierto solar farm in Chile

Atlas Renewable Energy’s Sol del Desierto 244 MWp solar farm, located in the commune of María Elena, Antofagasta Region in Chile, will will displace CO2 Emissions equivalent to 47,000 vehicles per year.
Atlas Renewable Energy commences operation of its Sol del Desierto solar farm in Chile
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The solar farm is now operating and was built with bifacial technology, which allows energy to be obtained from the back and front faces of each of its solar modules. It has a total capacity of 244 MWp and will provide clean energy to the grid, supported by a long-term power purchase agreement with Engie Energía Chile. The project will contribute to the goals of the Chilean government’s decarbonisation plan and is one of the largest solar farms in the country, with 582,930 solar panels spread over 479 hectares.

Chile’s Ministry of Energy is aiming to retire and/or convert half of the country’s coal-fired power plants by 2025.

“At Atlas Renewable Energy we develop our projects with a strong commitment to the environment, the surroundings, and to inclusion” said Atlas general manager for Chile, Alfredo Solar. “That is why Sol del Desierto stands out not only for its contribution to clean energy but also for the care of the surrounding nature, the conservation of archaeological sites, and above all for having placed special focus on the inclusion of the female workforce in its construction.”

Chile is one of the countries where a relevant growth of the industry is projected in the coming years, due to the decarbonization policy adopted by the government and the growing demand for clean and low-cost sources for the supply of large private consumers such as the mining industry. Atlas Renewable Energy is betting heavily on this market, focusing on technologies such as wind, solar, and storage.

In just a few years, Atlas has developed projects in Chile with a clear focus on the long term, both with its commercial partners and at the level of supply to regulated customers. Atlas has a total capacity of 441 MW in Chile, with a total of 2,268 MW of contracted projects across Chile, Mexico, Brazil, and Uruguay, which contributes to Latin America’s energy transformation. The company expects to continue consolidating its presence in the countries where it already operates and expands into other regions with innovative and sustainable energy projects.

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