Enel begins construction on 382MW solar plant in Chile


Italian energy company Enel through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Chile has begun construction on the 382MW Campos del Sol solar plant in the Atacama Region in Chile.

Expected to cost $320m (£262m), the facility is touted to be the company’s largest solar project under construction in Chile. It is located 60km northeast of Copiapó, Atacama Region.

Scheduled to begin operations by the end of next year, the solar plant could generate nearly 1.16GWh of clean energy per year, while avoiding more than 900,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

Power by nearly one million bifacial photovoltaic (PV) panels, the project is expected to generate up to 12% more energy, compared to conventional PV modules. 

Enel also stated that it will use the latest machinery guided and controlled by a GPS during the solar plant’s construction. It will also deploy autonomous drones for remote monitoring of worksite activities to boost the plant’s construction process productivity and efficiency.

Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said: “The start of construction of Campos del Sol marks a major milestone for Enel Green Power in Chile. By breaking ground at the country’s largest solar project, we are reinforcing our commitment to decarbonisation and once again confirming our leading role in the Chilean energy transition.

“The project’s sustainability focus, as well as innovative profile, are aimed at maximising shared returns for the Group and its stakeholders, in line with our strategy based on sustainability and innovation as key drivers for value creation.”

Enel through its subsidiaries Enel Generación Chile and Enel Green Power Chile and Enel Distribución Chile operates nearly7.5GW of power generating capacity, of which 4.7GW comes from renewable sources, including more than 3.5GW in hydro, over 600MW in wind, nearly 500MW in solar and about 40MW from geothermal.

Last year, the company generated and sold nearly 23.2TWh of electricity in Chile to its 1.9 million customers.


Image: Enel begins construction on new Chilean solar plant. Photo: Courtesy of Antonio Garcia/Unsplash.

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