February 21 (Renewables Now) - Authorities of the Chilean region of Coquimbo on Thursday approved the environmental impact statement of the 10.6-MW Ovalle Norte solar photovoltaic (PV) park.
With an investment of USD 10.6 million (EUR 9.8m), the PV project will involve the installation of 28,800 solar panels in the province of Limari. Ovalle Norte is expected to generate enough power to meet the annual consumption of 10,000 local homes.
According to Daniel Meneses, environmental manager of Czech solar developer Solek Group, the PV facility will use trackers to improve the performance of solar panels. The firm plans to start operations by the second half of the year.
The Chilean energy ministry said that, since 2018, the Evaluation Commission has approved a total of 15 initiatives, or 486.6 MW of installed capacity, in different municipalities of the Coquimbo Region. This represents an investment of USD 325.9 million.
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