Enel Green Power starts construction of 382 MW PV plant in Chile
Post date: 28/08/2019 - 17:19
Italian utility Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power Chile, began the construction of its new solar photovoltaic plant, »Campos del Sol«. With approximately 382 MW of installed capacity, the facility is the largest solar plant currently under construction in Chile, says the company. The project, which is located 60 km northeast of Copiapó, Atacama Region, will involve a total investment of around $320 million.
The facility will start operations by the end of 2020 and is estimated to generate around 1,160 GWh per year. Enel will use around one million bifacial PV panels. The construction site will leverage on state-of-the-art machinery guided and controlled by a GPS, while an autonomous drone will remotely monitor worksite activities, boosting the plant’s construction process productivity and efficiency.
The Enel Group operates in Chile through Enel Chile and its subsidiaries, namely Enel Generación Chile and Enel Green Power Chile in the generation sector, Enel Distribución Chile in the distribution segment, as well as Enel X Chile in the advanced energy solutions business. Enel is Chile’s largest power company by installed capacity with around 7,500 MW, out of which 4,700 MW of renewables, composed of more than 3,500 MW of hydro, over 600 MW of wind, around 500 MW of solar and approximately 40 MW of geothermal. In 2018, Enel in Chile sold around 23.2 TWh of electricity.