Acciona Energia will build two photovoltaic plants and two wind farms in Chile, with a total capacity of 400MW and an investment of $600m, over three years.
The company will commence construction of the 62MWp capacity Almeyda photovoltaic plant in 150 hectares in the locality of Diego de Almagro in the region of Atacama in early 2019. The plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
The plant will consist of solar modules with horizontal tracker technology.
Later in 2019, the company will begin construction of the 64MWp Usya photovoltaic plant, which is expected to go into service in mid-2020. The plant, which will cover 105 hectares in Calama in the region of Antofagasta, will feature solar modules mounted on fixed structures.
The two photovoltaic plants will be established at a total investment of nearly $150m.
The company had recently signed a PPA with the National Mining Company of Chile (ENAMI).
Acciona is currently constructing the San Gabriel wind farm (183MW) in the municipality of Renaico (La Araucanía) with an investment of $300m. It is expected to enter service towards the end of 2019 or in early 2020.
The company will also construct the Tolpan wind farm near the San Gabriel farm. The Tolpan facility will have an initially planned capacity of 87MW.
The Tolpan facility will be established at an investment of about $150m.
Acciona Energia CEO, South America, Jose Ignacio Escobar, said: “We are undertaking major investments over this three-year period, which will considerably strengthen our presence in the thriving renewable energy sector in Chile.”
Currently, Acciona has 291MW of renewables in service in Chile. These include 246MWp in the El Romero solar photovoltaic plant in the region of Atacama and 45MW in the Punta Palmeras wind farm in the Coquimbo region.
Acciona will reach a capacity of 700MW in the country (372MWp photovoltaic and 315MW wind) with the facilities under construction and those planned for the 2018-20 period.
Acciona has signed contracts to supply renewable power to companies such as Google, Falabella, ENAMI and Aguas Chanar.