80,000

Chilean households equivalent

One of the areas with the highest solar radiation in the world

Almeyda is the second ACCIONA's photovoltaic plant in Chile, after El Romero Solar, which is located also in the Atacama desert.

The project is located also in the Atacama desert. The project supplies the National Mining Company (ENAMI) through a long-term power purchase agreement.

Located in the municipalities of Chañaral and Diego de Almagro, 17 kilometers from the latter, the Almeyda solar plant has a peak capacity of 62 MWp (54.2 MW rated) and an emission-free annual electricity generation capacity estimated at 167.5 gigawatt-hours (GWh), equivalent to the electricity demand of around 80,000 Chilean households.

The photovoltaic plant is equipped with 187,620 modules (panels) mounted on horizontal tracking structures. It covers 150 hectares in an area with one of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world, the Atacama Desert. The plant entered service by the end of 2019.

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Location: Municipalities of Diego de Almagro and Chañaral, Region of Atacama (Chile).
  • Peak capacity: 62MWp.
  • Rated capacity: 54.2MW.
  • Technology: Solar photovoltaic with horizontal solar trackers
  • Start up: Late 2019.
  • Owner: ACCIONA

KEY POINTS

  • Second ACCIONA's photovoltaic plant in Chile
  • Located in the Atacama Desert, one of the areas with the highest level of solar radiation in the world.
  • Average annual generation of 167.5 GWh.
  • Clean power equivalent to the consumption of 80,000 Chilean homes.
  • It covers 150 hectareas of land
  • 162,000 metric tonnes of CO2 avoided a year in coal-fired power stations.
  • 187,620 polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic modules.
  • The project will create up to 350 jobs during the construction phase.
  • It will support the electricity supply contract signed with the National Mining Company (ENAMI).

Key figures

62

megawatts of peak power

80,000

Chilean households

+ 350

new jobs

162,000

tons of CO2 into the atmosphere avoided

187,620

polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic modules

167.5

Average annual production (GWh)

Technology and innovation

GREENCHAIN®

The GREENCHAIN® project was born with the purpose of providing our customers with real-time traceability of energy from our renewable generation plants and storage systems to their points of consumption. To this end, not only is this information integrated into an interface that our clients can use to visualize or download the data or display dynamically in their facilities as a marketing tool, but it is also recorded in blockchain to increase transparency. This software tool also integrates information on the social initiatives that ACCIONA carries out in the communities where its generation plants are located, with the aim of making our clients participants in the social commitment that characterizes ACCIONA.

The I'MNOVATION Startups program was the umbrella under which the first pilot for this solution was developed.

 

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