France’s EDF Renewable Energy (EN) has inaugurated the 146 MW Boléro solar plant in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile, according to a press release.
EDF EN and Japan’s Marubeni stand as equal partners in this project, which is the largest PV plant that EDF EN has built to date. The project incorporates 475,000 PV modules mounted on trackers and covers an area of more than 5 square kilometers.
The inauguration of the plant featured presentations by Chilean Energy Minister Andrés Rebolledo and the EDF CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy.
The project was initiated by EDF EN Chile in 2015 and the company’s local subsidiary will be in charge of operation and maintenance of the plant, which employed 280 workers in the construction phase and will employs 20 for operations and maintenance.
In October EDF EN stated that it had begun construction of another PV project in Chile, the 115 MW Santiago Solar project. This project is also located north of Santiago, the nation’s capital.
EDF EN and local developer Andes Mining Energy are equal owners in the project. Electricity from the project is partially sold through a power contract with electricity distribution companies, with the rest sold on the spot market.
A number of large PV plants have been built in Chile in the last few years, among those the 100 MW Amanecer Solar and the 160 MW Finis Terrae. Recently the 247 MW Romero Solar plant was completed as the largest in the nation.