21 Mar 19 News Projects Chile

Environmental approval for PV solar farm in Chile

The PV solar project Pampa Tigre, which is located in the northern region of Antofagasta and in which the company plans to invest close to US$150 million, will have an estimated capacity of 142 MW.

The Environmental Assessment Service (SEA) of the northern region of Antofagasta has approved the Environment Qualification Resolution (RCA) for the Pampa Tigre PV Solar Farm. The project, which forms part of Mainstream Renewable Power’s extensive portfolio of wind and solar projects in Chile, will consider an investment of close to US$150 million and will have a maximum capacity of 142 MW.

This project, 65 km to the southwest of the city of Antofagasta, will generate clean, unlimited energy via 430,920 photovoltaic solar panels which will be installed on 660 hectares of land to capture this solar energy. Pampa Tigre will connect to the National Electric System via the Farrellón Substation and a 9.6 km transmission line.

“The Pampa Tigre solar project is Mainstream’s fifth venture in the region of Antofagasta, which has huge potential in terms of renewable energy. “Our project will help to diversify Antofagasta’s energy matrix and that of Chile as a whole,” says Manuel Tagle, general manager of Mainstream Chile.

The company is also developing the 185 MW Cerro Tigre and 155 MW Tchamma projects in the same region, which will begin construction later this year, as well as the 109 MW Ckani and 222.6 MW Llanos del Viento projects, which will begin construction in 2020 and 2021 respectively.