ACCIONA announced it has begun construction on the Malgarida I and II photovoltaic complex in Chile with a combined capacity of 238MWp, which will be ACCIONA’s seventh renewable energy facility in the country.
The Malgarida I and II photovoltaic projects will require a US$170 million investment and will reach an annual generation of 654GWh. This amount is equivalent to the electricity demand of 280.000 Chilean homes and will prevent the emission of 512.000 tons of CO2 each year.
The new facilities require 580,000 modules, which will be set upon horizontal trackers across an area of 535 hectares, and will create 700 jobs at the peak of its construction.
Once in operation by the end of 2021, the Malgarida I and II projects will increase ACCIONA’s installed capacity in Chile to 922 MW.
José Ignacio Escobar, ACCIONA’s Head of Energy for South America said:
“Over the last two years, ACCIONA has focused a large part of its investments in Chile on renewable energies. From late 2019 to date, we have commissioned two wind farms and two photovoltaic plants totalling 400MW and nearly US$600 million in investments. The construction launch of the Malgarida I and II projects reflects the company’s confidence in the Chilean market, while reinforcing ACCIONA’s leading position in the development of renewable energy in the country.”
Source: Press Release by ACCIONA. Photo credit: © ACCIONA. El Romero Solar PV plant in Chile’s Atacama Desert owned and built by ACCIONA.