Enel Green Power announces start of construction

Enel Green Power begins construction on two photovoltaic plants in chile. Lalackama and Chañares, having a total installed capacity of 100 MW, are located in the northern part of the country.

Roma, May 20th 2014 – Enel Green Power has begun construction on two photovoltaic plants (Lalackama and Chañares) located in northern Chile.

Lalackama, with an installed capacity of 60 MW, is expected to be the Group’s largest photovoltaic plant. Once built and fully operational, the plant will be capable of generating up to 160 GWh per year, equivalent to the electricity needs of about 90 thousand Chilean households, and will avoid the emission of over 100 thousand tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The new plant is expected to require around 110 million US dollars to build.

The Chañares plant is located next to the Diego de Almagro solar farm (36 MW), the Company’s first solar farm in Chile, on which construction is nearly complete.

The plant, with an installed capacity of 40 MW, will be capable of generating up to 94 GWh once fully up and running. This is equivalent to the electricity needs of about 53 thousand Chilean households and will avoid the emission of over 59 thousand tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. It is expected to come on line sometime in late 2014 or early 2015. 

The new plant is expected to require around 70 million US dollars to build.

Both projects have power supply contracts to sell the electricity generated on the regulated market. These contracts were awarded in November 2013 via a tender held by 26 distributors for Chile’s Central Interconnected System.

In Chile, Enel Green Power owns and operates the Talinay and Valle de los Vientos wind farms (both 90 MW in installed capacity), is currently building its largest Chilean wind farm (Taltal, 99 MW in installed capacity), requiring an investment of about 190 million US dollars, and its first solar farm in the country (Diego de Almagro with 36 MW in installed capacity). EGP is exploring a number of geothermal concessions with the potential of generating more than 100 MW in installed capacity.