Mainstream preps for panel installation at 145-MW solar site in Chile

Steel stanchions at the Rio Escondido solar project site in Chile. Source: Mainstream Renewable Power

May 29 (Renewables Now) - Mainstream Renewable Power on Thursday provided an update on the works at the 145-MW Rio Escondido solar project in Chile, saying that it is ready for the photovoltaic (PV) panels installation phase.

Rio Escondido is the Ireland-based company's first solar park in the South American country and will consist of 450,000 PV panels to be installed by Indian contractor Sterling and Wilson Pvt Ltd. Mainstream is also constructing 55.5 kilometres (34.5 miles) of transmission lines to complement the PV facility.

Scheduled to commence operation in 2021, Rio Escondido is expected to generate enough power to feed the demand of over 190,000 local homes and eliminating the emission of 185,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.

The solar park is part of the 571-MW Condor portfolio, which includes the 86-MW Alena, the 158-MW Tchamma and the 185-MW Cerro Tigre wind parks. In turn, these four assets represent the first phase of the 1.3-GW Andes Renovables portfolio that the European renewables developer has under construction. Overall, Mainstream will invest USD 1.7 billion (EUR 1.5 bn) in that portfolio.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.902)

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