Friday, October 17, 2014

Enel Green Power begins work on new PV plant in Chile

ROME, ITALY: 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 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.

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