Acciona Energia Chile has connected to the country's Interconnected Central System (SIC) a 246-MWp photovoltaic (PV) plant, the company announced on Thursday.
The USD-343-million (EUR 315m) El Romero Solar plant is located in the Atacama region. The connection comes 13 months after the construction works began, said the local subsidiary of Spain's Acciona SA (BME:ANA).
Comprising 776,000 PV modules, Romero Solar has a solar collection surface of over 1.5 million sq mt (16.14m sq ft) and a nominal capacity of 196 MW. Operations should commence in the upcoming weeks, Acciona added.
Touted as the largest of its kind in Latin America, Romero Solar is estimated to produce about 500 GWh of clean energy per year, enough to meet the demand of 240,000 households. Should the same volume of power be produced at coal-fired plants, it would result in 475,000 of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.