Acciona starts construction on $170m solar photovoltaic complex in Chile

WCN Editorial Team 25 Sep 2020 SOUTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Spanish renewable energy developer Acciona has started construction on the new Malgarida I and II plants in Chile that will entail an investment of $170m.

The Malgarida I and II photovoltaic complex has a combined capacity of 238MWp. The project follows the commissioning of the 84MW Tolpán wind farm and 64MWp Usya PV plant in the first half of 2020.

The new Chilean photovoltaic complex will be the group’s seventh renewable energy facility in the country.

Upon completion in 2021, the plant will increase Acciona’s installed capacity in Chile to 922MW.

The Malgarida project will have an annual capacity of 654GWh, which is equivalent to meet the energy needs of 280,000 Chilean homes. The solar power project will reduce 512,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

The project will require 580,000 modules which will be set upon horizontal trackers across an area of 535 hectares. The project will create about 700 jobs during its peak construction.

Acciona South America energy head José Ignacio Escobar said: "Over the last two years, Acciona has focused a large part of its investments in Chile on renewable energies.

"From late 2019 to date, we have commissioned two wind farms and two photovoltaic plants totalling 400MW and nearly $600 million in investments.

"The construction launch of the Malgarida I and II projects reflects the company's confidence in the Chilean market, while reinforcing Acciona's leading position in the development of renewable energy in the country."

The Spanish firm has already reached at 684MW operational capacity in Chile this year after the operation of Tolpán wind farm and Usya photovoltaic plant.

The Tolpán Sur wind farm is located in Chile’s Araucanía Region, in the Renaico commune.

The Usya photovoltaic plant is located in the municipality of Calama, in Chile’s Antofagasta Region.

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Acciona's Usya solar photovoltaic park in Chile. (Credit: Acciona)

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