Chile installed first floating solar farm

Chile has installed its first floating photovoltaic plant (FPV) on a tailings pond, owned by the mining company AngloAmerican. Located at Los Bronces mines, north of Santiago, the 84 kW pilot should generate 153 MWh per year for the company’s energy needs. The AngloAmerican mining corporation’s initiative to use FPV is supported by Chilean national institutions such as the Ministry of Mining, the National Energy and Mining Service (Sernageomin), and the Ministry of Energy. According to the company, AngloAmerican’s available reservoir space represents a significant investment opportunity for the international corporation.
French company Ciel & Terre International has partnered with Lenergie, a local solar developer and engineering company, to introduce and expand floating solar in Chile. For the Los Bronces’ plant, Ciel & Terre supplied its Hydrelio technology and also designed the facility’s anchoring system.

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