Location: Diego de Almagro, Atacama (Chile)
Partners: Etrion, Total and Solventus Energías Renovables
Installed capacity: 68MWac (70MWdc)
In the Atacama region of Chile, our SunPower affiliate has built one of the world’s largest merchant solar power plants. SunPower now operates and maintains the 68-MWac (70-MWdc)-plant, which has been producing electricity for Chile since early 2015.
Chile is working to diversify its energy mix, and the PV Salvador power plant is a key part of this effort. The photovoltaic solar power plant operates on a merchant model under which electricity is sold wholesale at the market rate (versus a fixed price set by contract) to Sistema Interconectado Central (SIC), the national power grid.
The model takes advantage of the region’s unique features, which include:
- Abundant sunshine
- Low construction costs
- Growing electricity demand
With 160,000 photovoltaic modules, PV Salvador supplies electricity to 70,000 homes. Etrion, Total and Solventus partnered to make this project possible. The three groups own the power plant, with interests of 70%, 20% and 10%, respectively.