70,000

equivalent households

Harvesting the sun's energy

With 64 MW of peak power, Usya is the third large photovoltaic plant that ACCIONA has built in the Atacama desert, one of the places with the highest solar radiation in the planet.

Located in the Calama commune, Antofagasta region, the Usya plant will annually generate emission-free energy estimated at 146 gigawatt hours (GWh), equivalent to the electricity demand of some 70,000 Chilean homes.

 

The new photovoltaic installation has 187,200 modules installed on fixed structures, covering an area ofsome 105 hectares.

 

Some 400 people have worked in the phase of greatest construction activity of the project. After its entry into operation, the new plant will avoid the annual emission of about 141,000 equivalent tons in coal plants.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Location: Calama, Antofagasta (Chile).
  • Peak power: 64 MWp.
  • Rated power: 51 MW.
  • Technology: Photovoltaic solar with horizontal solar trackers.
  • Start-up: 2020
  • Owner: ACCIONA

KEY POINTS

  • ACCIONA's third large photovoltaic plant in Chile.
  • It means once again overcoming the construction challenge of installing a large power plant in the desert environment
  • Average annual production of 146 GWh.
  • Clean energy equivalent to the demand of 70,000 Chilean homes.
  • More than 141,000 tons per year of CO2 avoided in coal plants.
  • 187,200 polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic modules.
  • 105 hectares of surface.
  • Up to 400 jobs created in the construction phase.

Cifras destacadas

64

megawatts of peak power

70,000

equivalent households supplied

187,200

photovoltaic modules

141,000

tons of CO2 avoided

400+

new jobs

146

Annual average output (GWh)

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