Helio Atacama Diez SpA, the Santiago-based subsidiary of Spanish solar project developer Ingenostrum, has submitted a proposal to Chilean government for a 90.8 MW PV power plant to be built near the municipality of Taltal.
The $181.8 million project, named Pampa Solar Sur, will utilize solar panels rated at 240-280Wp each, and will have an effective output of 85.65 MW.
Company officials have said they plan to install a total of 90.9 MW in order to offset the losses that occur during the conversion of sunlight into electricity.
Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in November 2014, pending approval.
Last year, Ingenostrum announced its intentions to develop a total of 1 GW of PV projects in Chile in partnership with Martifer Solar, the Portuguese module manufacturer.
Since then, it has received approval for two projects in the Antofagasta region of the country, the 76.7 MW Laberinto Este project and the 69.8 MW Laberinto Oeste project.
Further, earlier this year, the Ingenostrum team installed three weather stations to monitor solar resources in different locations within Chile's Atacama Desert (Photo above).
The newly proposed plant is also in the Antofagasta region, approximately 42 km southeast of Taltal.
In other news, Ingenostrum is in the process of developing two 20 MW biomass facilities in Chile, plants that will turn the residue from ongoing forest-clearing projects into renewable power.
The two draft-fueled combustion boilers will be located in the IX Region Auracanía, an area considered remarkable for its forest wealth, officials said.
Each of the projects is considered a milestone in Chile's effort to ensure 20 percent of its energy comes from renewable sources by 2020.