By Andrew Lee in London
Thursday, January 09 2014
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.
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