Quillagua solar park, located in the heart of the Atacama Desert, in the driest inhabited area of the world, has completed the construction and start-up phase and has begun connection to the electricity grid, which will reach its peak in October.
The PV plant, which has a total installed power of 103 MW and an estimated production of more than 300 GWh, will increase Grenergy's portfolio to 1.5 GW of projects on the horizon for 2022.
In order to optimize the excellent solar resource of this area, which provides nearly 3,000 net hours of solar radiation per year, this park uses bifacial photovoltaic modules that increase its production by up to an additional 15%. This is a technology that captures radiation from both sides to make the most of the surface of the panels.
Likewise, in line with the company's sustainability policy and its commitment to generate a positive impact on the communities where it operates, the community of Quillagua will benefit from local employment, electricity and public lighting, as well as other investments aimed at solving water shortages and boosting the area's economy.
The company has located its operations center for the southern cone in Chile and has a pipeline of more than 2 GW in different stages of development. It has also become one of the main players in the country's renewable energy sector, with the connection of more than 30 PV plants, which already have more than 350MW of capacity on the grid.
According to Grenergy's Executive President and CEO, David Ruiz de Andrés, "This project is a major step forward in our commitment to independent energy production. It is also further proof that our investment in Chile is decisive, as it is a serious country that is strongly committed to competitive and clean energy."