Published on February 28th, 2014 | by James Ayre5
300 MW GDF Suez Chile Project Approved By Chile’s Government
The 300 MW GDF Suez solar project in Chile is moving forward, according to recent reports — the solar PV power plant’s Environmental Impact Declaration was recently approved by the proper authorities.
While the French energy giant GDF Suez is the ultimate backer of the project, the actual developer of the $600 million project is the Chilean affiliate EC-L. EC-L filed the recently approved EID with the Environmental Evaluation Services of the Region of Arica and Parinacota last September.
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According to an Environment Evaluation Services document, the proposed power plant, Pampa Camarones Photovoltaic Solar Plant, will require total investment of over US$620 million, although a press release on the EC-L website rounded the figure down to US$600 million. The plant will provide electricity to the country’s Northern Electricity Grid (SING).
EC-L is the principal generator on SING and the construction of the 300 MW project will be carried out in phases. Energy generated will pass through three substations, including a significant extension to an existing substation that EC-L plans to build, which according to EC-L, “implies the construction of at least three transmission lines”.
The project represents an enormous increase to the company’s renewable energy capacity. To date, EC-L only possesses a 2 MW solar PV power plant, located at El Águila 1 Photovoltaic Solar Plant. Something to note, though: the company also has a 40 MW PV plant in the works — that project has already had its EID approved.