Colbun gets rubber stamp on EIS for 925-MW solar project in Chile

Solar power plant. Source: Gamesa Electric

November 4 (Renewables Now) - Chilean power utility Colbun SA has secured environmental approval allowing it to move forward with its 925-MW solar mega-project in the Antofagasta region in northern Chile.

The Inti Pacha complex will consist of three solar farms, which were originally conceived to generate a combined 719 MW of nominal power and 788 MWp.

Between February 2020, when Colbun first submitted the environmental impact statement (EIS) for Inti Pacha, and November 3, when the document was approved, the utility upped the capacity of the complex by adding more powerful solar modules.

In one of the addenda to the EIS posted on the Chilean environmental evaluation service (SEA) project database, Colbun said that the original project was to have solar panels of 400 watts-peak. Due to changes in solar panel technology, Inti Pacha will now feature modules of 540 watts-peak, without that modifying the layout and other elements of the project.

The three plants, Inti Pacha 1, 2 and 3 will now have 267 MW, 308 MW and 350 MW of the nominal capacity, respectively, according to Colbun’s updated proposal.

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