First solar thermal plant inaugurated in Chile

In Chile, the »Cerro Dominador« solar thermal plant has been officially inaugurated in the presence of the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera. The plant, built by a consortium formed by the Spanish companies Abengoa Solar and Acciona Energia for EIG Global Energy Partners, has a capacity of 110 MW and is the first of its kind built in Latin America. Location is the Chilean town of María Elena, in the Atacama Desert (Antofagasta region), one of the areas with the highest solar radiation in the world.
The construction consortium was awarded this contract in 2018. The project consisted of the construction of the solar thermal tower-plant, which joined the 100 MW photovoltaic plant built by Abengoa and already in operation, forming the first renewable energy complex that combines both technologies across the continent.
»Cerro Dominador« has a thermal storage capacity in molten salts of 17.5 hours, designed and developed by Abengoa, and is capable of generating clean energy in a dispatchable way for 24 hours. The solar field, of more than 700 hectares, has 10,600 heliostats that direct solar radiation to a receiver located 252 meters high.
The construction has contributed significantly to local development with the creation of more than 1,000 jobs in the area at the highest peak of the project, employing a large number of residents of the communes of the region.
Abengoa has developed and built solar thermal plants with an installed power of 2.2 GW, which represents 34 percent of the installed capacity worldwide. Among his latest projects, its participation in the construction of the world's largest solar complex in Dubai, currently under execution, stands out.

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