Chile’s largest photovoltaic solar power plant underway

Comprising 50,000 polycrystalline PV modules, the plant is larger than any currently operational PV facility in the nation. Kaltemp plans to purchase the plant, which will supply power to an irrigation system for a clementine and avocado plantation near the city of Vicuña, in mid-2012.

"Chile has enormous potential for the use of solar energy," says Juwi Project Coordinator for Latin America Diego Lobo-Guerrero Rodríguez. "Besides the intense solar radiation, Chile has also outstanding wind conditions. Furthermore, Chile is politically stable and very open to renewables."

Juwi has been involved as a project developer in two research projects in Chile’s Atacama Desert, which has some of the strongest natural solar resources in the world. In 2011, Juwi installed two 6 kW PV plants in the cities of Antofagasta and San Pedro de Atacama.

In addition to Juwi’s projects, more than 300 MW of PV plants have also been approved by environmental authorities in the nation’s Tarapacá region. These plants are expected to be built in multiple phases over the next five years.