SANTIAGO – ATLAS Renewable Energy on Wednesday inaugurated the 110-megawatt Quilapilun solar park, the first large-scale facility of its kind in the Chilean capital’s metropolitan region.
The project is a milestone in the development of renewable energies in Chile, the company said.
Located in the Quilapilun Alto zone, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Santiago, the solar park is connected to Chile’s SIC central power grid and will boost the supply of electricity to Santiago’s roughly 6.2 million inhabitants.
The park, whose more than 350,000 solar panels cover a 288-hectare (711-acre) area, will produce enough electricity to supply nearly 110,000 homes annually.
The clean energy Quilapilun produces will help avoid the annual emission of more than 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide, an impact equivalent to removing 22,000 automobiles from the streets of Santiago.
ATLAS Renewable Energy was launched in March by London-based growth markets investor Actis as a pan-Latin American renewable energy platform.
Actis said then that the launch followed its acquisition of more than 1,500 megawatts of solar photovoltaic assets from SunEdison in Latin America.