408-MW Sunpower project in Chile gets enviro approval

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Sep 5 (Renewables Now) - Chile's Environmental Assessment Service has approved a 408-MW photovoltaic (PV) project being developed by TSGF SpA, a company of SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) and its majority owner Total SA (EPA:FP).  

The project, worth USD 600 million (EUR 505m), is called Santa Isabel and will be located in the northern region of Antofagasta. It will deliver its output to the Northern Interconnected System Grid (SING). The solar park will be installed on 700 ha (1,730 acres) of land in the municipality of Maria Elena, with construction to be carried out in three stages -- one of 108 MW and two of 150 MW each.  

The project's environmental impact statement was accepted for processing a year ago and the positive decision is dated September 1.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.842)  

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