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Enel Green Power begins construction of Chile’s largest solar plant

Copiapó, August 26, 2019 – Enel Chile subsidiary Enel Green Power Chile began construction of the new Campos del Sol photovoltaic solar park. With an installed capacity of about 382 MW, it is the largest solar plant currently under construction in Chile. The project, located 60 km northeast of Copiapó, in the Atacama Region, will involve a total investment of approximately U$320 million. Paolo Pallotti, general manager of Enel Chile, said: “The start of construction of the Campos del Sol photovoltaic plant, as part of our 1.1 GW development plan for 2019-2021, is another step in our sustainable strategy to reduce the carbon footprint by increasing the renewable capacity in our portfolio. This milestone, that occurs in the same year that Chile is organizing COP 25, confirms our commitment to the country’s decarbonization plan launched last June to completely eliminate coal plants by 2040.”

Campos del Sol will enter into operation at the end of 2020 and is estimated to generate around 1,160 GWh per year, avoiding the emission of more than 900 thousand tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Campos del Sol will have almost one million bifacial PV panels, technology that maximizes power generation by capturing solar radiation from both sides of the panel, generating on average 12% more electricity than conventional modules.

This solar project also stands out for its innovative and digital features. The Campos del Sol construction site will feature the latest in GPS-controlled machinery, an autonomous drone will monitor the works, and tablets will be used to integrate information digitally across multiple platforms in real time, boosting project productivity and efficiency during the construction phase.

As part of the development process, Enel Green Power has dialogued permanently with five Colla native communities of almost 100 people, to identify impact mitigation and how this project can generate value for these communities. As a result of this process, a shared plan has been designed with short-, medium- and long-term projects, in line with community priorities and the company’s sustainable goals, such as the development of a sustainable tourism initiative that it is already working with the national ONG Fundación Rondó.

The Enel Group operates in Chile through Enel Chile and its subsidiaries: Enel Generación Chile and Enel Green Power Chile in the generation sector, Enel Distribución Chile in the distribution segment, Enel X Chile in the advanced energy solutions business. Enel is Chile’s largest power company by installed capacity with around 7,500 MW, of which 4,700 MW of renewable energy, consisting of more than 3,500 MW of hydropower, more than 600 MW of wind power, around 500 MW of solar power and aproximately 40 MW of geothermal. The Group in Chile has 1.9 million customers and more than 2,000 employees. The country also hosts Enel Americas, through which the Group operates in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

Enel Green Power is the Enel Group’s global line of business dedicated to the worldwide development and operation of renewable energy, with presence in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of more than 43 GW in a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower power, and is at the forefront of integrating technologies in renewable energy plants.

Mankuk is supporting to Enel in the development of this iconic project.

Source: Enel