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Enel breaks ground on 61-MW PV plant in Chile

The Finis Terrae solar park in Chile. Photo by Enel Green Power (www.enelgreenpower.com).

May 19 (Renewables Now) - The local green power unit of Italian energy major Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) has broken ground on the 60.9-MW Azabache Park solar power plant on the grounds of Enel Green
Power Chile’s 90-MW Valle de los Vientos wind farm.

The company expects to invest some USD 49 million (EUR 45.1m) in the project, which will form part of the first hybrid industrial plant in the country, Enel said on Monday.

The solar power facility is being built at a site that is located about 10 km from the city of Calama in the Antofagasta Region, where a total of 154,710 bifacial panels will be installed. The Azabache Park is expected to be up and running in early 2021, at which point the plant will be able to generate some 184 GWh of electricity per year and offset some 136,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

The PV facility will employ approximately 230 people during the peak of its construction, the company estimates.

Currently, Enel Green Power Chile has a portfolio comprising of 564 MW of wind, 492 MW of solar, 92 MW of hydro and 41 MW of geothermal power.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.920)

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