Chilean 104 MW solar power plant moves forward

Andes Mainstream, a joint venture of Chilean renewable energy firm Andes Energy and Irish renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power, on Friday submitted an environmental impact declaration for the construction of a 104-MW photovoltaic solar plant in Chile.

The plant, dubbed Parque Solar Azapa, will have 479,736 solar panels produced in China.

The facility will be located between Arica and Parinacota, northern Chile, and it will be connected to the country’s northern power grid SING through the 220 kV Condores-Parinacota transmission line.

The construction is seen to continue 10 months, while the plant’s life will be 20 years. The project, to require $210 million investments, will be analyzed by the regulatory bodies by February 11, 2013.

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