Abengoa to build 110MW Chile CSP

Spanish renewables group Abengoa said it will build a 110MW solar-thermal plant in Chile, the largest in South America.

The solar thermal tower – which will have 17.5 hours of molten-salts storage capability – will be sited in Chile’s sun-rich Atacama Desert, which has also become a favourite location for PV developers.

Abengoa said the project will be the largest of its type in South America and follows its success in a tender run by the Chilean government, which will part-finance the plant along with the EU.

Construction work is due to begin the second half of this year, said Abengoa, which did not specify a date for the plant to become operational.

The project forms part of Chile’s national renewables strategy, which aims to meet 20% of national power needs from clean sources by 2025.

Last January Abengoa  handed over South America’s first CSP plant – a 10MW project – to a Chilean mine owner.