The $320 million solar plant project is the largest of its kind in Chile and is expected to help the Latin American country meet growing energy demand whilst reducing the country’s carbon output.
The solar plant will start operations by the end of 2020, generating around 1,160GWh per year when fully operational. This is equivalent to avoiding more than 900,000 tons of carbon emissions per annum.
The solar plant will include around one million bifacial PV panels, which maximise energy generation by capturing solar radiation from both sides of the panel, generating an average of 12% more electricity than conventional modules.
The Campos del Sol construction site will leverage state-of-the-art machinery guided and controlled via GPS, while an autonomous drone will remotely monitor worksite activities, boosting the plant’s construction process productivity and efficiency.
Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power, said: “The start of construction of Campos del Sol marks a major milestone for Enel Green Power in Chile. By breaking ground at the country’s largest solar project, we are reinforcing our commitment to decarbonisation and once again confirming our leading role in the Chilean energy transition. The project’s sustainability focus, as well as innovative profile, are aimed at maximising shared returns for the Group and its stakeholders, in line with our strategy based on sustainability and innovation as key drivers for value creation.”
Enel is Chile’s largest power company by installed capacity with around 7,500MW, of which 4,700 MW is renewable, comprised of more than 3,500 MW of hydro, 600 MW of wind, around 500 MW of solar and 40 MW of geothermal energy.