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Latest 20 MW photovoltaic power station Atacama Desert, Chile

20 MW Photovoltaic Power Station in Chile, an unsubsidized country, has been recognized by the environmental protection department.

The Chilean Environmental Assessment Service (Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental SEIA) has recently approved a 20 MW Photovoltaic Power Station called “Central Solar Chaka”.

On May 30, 2013, a proposal for the project will be built in the Atacama Desert area, which is very popular among solar project developers due to high solar radiation and cheap land. Central Solar Chaka will be located near the city of Diego de Almagro.

The project is expected to cost $57 million and generate about 60GWh per year. Its 91,200 solar modules are equipped with tracking systems.

The project has a lifespan of 25 years and will create 150 to 250 construction jobs and employ another 50 employees to operate the solar power station.

The power station is expected to be put into operation on April 22

Construction includes substations and transmission lines, injecting energy into Chile’s largest grid Central Interconnected System (SIC) grid.

Installed capacity20MW
Cost$57 million
Annual power generationAbout 60GWh
Solar module equipped with tracking system91,200

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