Enel Green Power has started work on the construction of Lalackama II, the company’s fourth photovoltaic plant in Chile.
With a capacity of 19 MW, once fully up and running, the Lalackama II plant will be capable of generating over 50 GWh per year, equivalent to the power consumption needs of about 30,000 Chilean households, therefore avoiding the emission into the atmosphere of over 30,000 tonnes of CO2.
The Lalackama II solar power plant will be constructed in the municipality of Taltal, Antofagasta region, about 950 km north of Santiago. The facility, which will cover an area of some 40 hectares, is an extension of the original Lalackama project, currently at its completion stage. Lalackama II will bring the total installed capacity of the photovoltaic plant to an approximate 79 MW.
The total investment required to build the new power plant is approximately 32 million US dollars.
Lalackama II is supported by a power supply contract to sell energy to private customers.
In Chile, Enel Green Power runs the Talinay Oriente and Valle de los Vientos wind farms, each with a capacity of 90 MW, and is competing construction work on its largest wind farm in the entire nation, Taltal (99 MW), as well as on the 61 MW Talinay Poniente wind project. Enel Green Power is also completing construction work on its solar power plants Diego de Almagro (36 MW), Lalackama (60 MW) and Chañares (40 MW). The company is also active in the geothermal sector, exploring a number of concessions with a potential of over 100 MW.
Enel Green Power is the Enel Group company fully dedicated to the development and management of renewable energy sources at the international level, with operations in Europe and the Americas. The company generated over 29 billion kWh in 2013 from water, sun, wind and the Earth’s heat – enough to meet the energy needs of more than 10 million households and avoid the emission of approximately 16 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. Enel Green Power is a world leader in the sector thanks to its well-balanced generation mix, providing generation volumes well over the sector average. As of June 30th, 2014, the company has an installed capacity of approximately 9,150 MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass. The company has about 750 plants operating in 16 countries in Europe and the Americas.