Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Clean Power

Acciona Energia Developing Its First PV Plant In Chile, First Phase Of 300 MW Pampa Camarones Solar Project

The Spain-based renewable energy developer Acciona Energia will soon be entering the Chilean market — with its debut being the development of the 7.2 MW first phase of a 300 MW “mega-project” being built in the country’s extremely sunny Atacama Desert.

Image Credit: Flag via Flickr CCImage Credit: Flag via Flickr CC

Acciona Energia will take care of the engineering, the procurement processes, and the construction services, for the developer of the Pampa Camarones Solar Park — the power utility E-CL, a GDF Suez subsidiary. After the power plant is completed, the company is contracted to operate and maintain it for the first two years.

The project is slated to be connected to Chile’s SING grid, which powers the northern part of the country — with the aim being to eventually produce around 18 GWh of electricity annually.

Acciona Energy Chile’s general manager, Alfredo Solar, commented on the project: “We are very pleased to be working with E-CL so that Chile can take advantage of its enormous solar power potential and make progress towards the implementation of a more sustainable energy system, based on non-conventional renewables that are completely viable in sites like the one where this project is located.”

Including the first phase, the Pampa Camarones Solar Park project is expected to cost upwards of $600 million in total.

Chile’s solar energy capacity is set to grow rapidly in the coming years thanks to a number of projects currently in the development pipeline. Among the most notable are Abengoa’s 100 MW Cerro Dominador CSP plant; Enel Green Power’s 100 MW development pipeline in the country; and SunEdison’s 100 MW Amanecer solar power plant in the Atacama Desert.

In related news, the global private equity investment giant KKR recently committed to purchasing a 33% stake in Acciona Energy International, for €417 million ($567 million). KKR’s interest in Acciona Energy International no doubt owes much to the fact that the company currently owns “an impressive 2,300 MW renewable energy assets across 14 countries, including some of the most attractive markets.”

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.

Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Written By

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.


You May Also Like

Clean Power

Australian Spatial Analytics (ASA) has been chosen by ACCIONA to produce the as-builts of the first design package as part of the MacIntyre Wind...

Clean Power

Warwick is a very pretty town. Some of the historical buildings are stunning. I should know, I lived there for 8 years. The town...


By Juan Diego Celemín Mojica “Passionate for all things Latin American, I’ve been closely following the energy and mobility transitions since they started to...

Clean Power

A recent story at PV Magazine shares the story of an observatory in Chile powered by solar power. A solar plant with a capacity...

Copyright © 2022 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.