January 14 (Renewables Now) – Spain’s Acciona SA (BME:ANA) announced on Monday that its unit Acciona Energia had begun the construction of the 62.1-MWp/54.2-MW Almeyda solar plant in Chile’s Atacama desert.
Acciona’s second solar plant in the Atacama region is the fruit of the contract for the supply of electricity signed with Chile’s state-owned National Mining Company (ENAMI).
The Almeyda plant, spanning 150 hectares (371 acres), will be equipped with 187,620 panels mounted on horizontal tracking structures. Its annual output is estimated at 167.5 GWh, enough to meet the electricity demand of approximately 80,000 Chilean households.
The works on the plant are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Acciona Energia currently operates a 291-MW portfolio in Chile, divided between a 246-MW solar plant in the Atacama and a 45-MW wind farm in the Coquimbo region.
With several other projects in the works, Acciona’s total capacity in Chile will go up to approximately 700 MW by 2020 carrying an investment of USD 1 billion (EUR 872.2m).
(USD 1 = EUR 0.872)