Spanish contractor Acciona has been awarded contracts in Chile to build two wind farms and two solar projects with a total generating capacity of 400MW. The projects will be funded by Acciona to the tune of €500m.
José Ignacio Escobar, the chief executive of Acciona EnergÃa in South America, commented: "We are undertaking major investments over this three-year period, which will considerably strengthen our presence in the thriving renewable energy sector in Chile."
Acciona will begin construction of the 62MW Almeyda photovoltaic plant on a 150ha near the settlement of Diego de Almagro in the Atacama region. Construction is expected to take less than a year.
Later in 2019, Acciona will start work on the 64MW Usya solar plant, based in Calama in the region of Antofagasta, with production due to begin in mid-2020.
Acciona is currently building a 183MW wind farm in La AraucanÃa, which will be finished towards the end of 2019 or in early 2020.
The final project is the Tolpán wind farm, a facility with a planned capacity of 87MW.
Image: Acciona’s El Romero Solar Photovoltaic Plant, in the Atacama region, Chile