Largest solar plant in Latin America to be built
1 February 2013
By Edward Gent
A 100MW solar plant, expected to be the largest in Latin America, will be built in Chile.
Global solar energy services provider SunEdison has signed an agreement with the Chilean mining and steel group CAP to construct what is expected to be the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in Latin America and one of the largest in the world.
The plant is designed to have an installed capacity of 100MW (DC) and will be located in the Atacama Desert of Chile and CAP hopes it will produce as much as 15 per cent of the mining group's power needs.
Pancho Pérez, SunEdison General Manager for EMEA, Latin America and North Asia, said: “We are very pleased to add the CAP group to our customer portfolio. We have worked to deliver an innovative solution to CAP designed to reduce their energy costs while deriving up to 15 percent of their electricity supply from clean energy."
100 MW capacity x 24hrs x 365 days a year is 876000 MWH (876 GWH). They expect the plant to produce 270 GWH of energy in the first year. That's a capacity factor of 30.8%. I don't think that will happen.