Solairedirect gets permit to build 47-MWp PV plant in Chile

Chile's Atacama desert. Author: Danielle Pereira. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

August 25 (SeeNews) - Chile issued an environmental licence on Monday for the construction and operation of a 47.44-MWp photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Atacama region by Solairedirect Generacion VI SpA, a unit of French solar power company Solairedirect.

The project, worth some USD 100 million (EUR 87.2m), comprises 158,160 solar modules near the Carrera Pinto substation, part of the central grid. The park will be installed in two sectors of 40 ha (98.8 acres) each, with an initial plant scheduled for completion 14 months after the start of work on site.

Solairedirect opened its first, 1.3-MW solar park in Chile in 2013, while later it commenced construction of a 54-MW park, named Los Loros. In May 2015, the company acquired two new solar projects in Atacama, Denersol and Canto del Agua, with a total 72-MW capacity, which could be built as of the end of this year.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.872)

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