Chile opens 100MW Amanecer PV

Chile has cut the ribbon on the largest PV plant in Latin America – the 100MW Amanecer Solar CAP project in the country’s sun-rich Atacama desert.

US solar group SunEdison built and equipped the $250m plant for Chilean steel group CAP, using 310,000 of its modules at the 280-hectare site.

CAP, which will act as offtaker for the output, said Amanecer will produce the equivalent of 15% of the group’s energy demand, flowing 270GWh into the Chilean network in its first year.

SunEdison said the project – finished in six months – was a “benchmark” for international PV development.

Amanecer was inaugurated by Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet.

With its excellent insolation, Chile has become an increasingly popular destination for solar developers.