August 9 (Renewables Now) - Independent solar power producer Sonnedix Power Holdings Ltd has initiated building works on a 171-MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
The so-called Sonnedix Atacama Solar facility is being built in the Pica district, Tamarugal Province, Tarapaca Region. Its total cost is estimated at about USD 180 million (EUR 161m) and the plant is seen to enter into service in December 2020.
Upon completion, the solar park will generate some 470 GWh of electricity per year, enough to meet the power consumption of over 100,000 homes.
“In 2017 we had 20% clean energy in the region; in 2018 this increased to 40%. Today we are at 65%, and by the end of the year, we will reach 83% of clean energy in our regional energy production mix,” said Miguel Angel Quezada, regional mayor of Tarapaca.
At present, Sonnedix has more than 1.7 GW of total controlled capacity globally, while in Chile alone it has over 200 MW of utility-scale solar in operation or construction.
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