Actis acquires 110-Megawatt Solar Plant in Chile from SunPower
Actis and SunPower Corp. revealed that Actis has acquired the 110-megawatt (DC) El Pelicano Solar Plant in Chile, which uses SunPower Oasis power plant technology. It is expected to deliver 300 gigawatt hours per year of electricity to Metro de Santiago, Santiago's underground railway system. The project is in the municipality of La Higuera (Coquimbo Region) near Vallenar (Atacama Region), and commenced commercial operation on November 17, 2017.
"With a supportive regulatory environment and abundant solar resource, Chile is a market we know extremely well through our investments in the Aela Energía and Atlas Renewables platforms," said Javier Areitio, director at Actis. "We are confident that in partnership with Metro de Santiago and SunPower, the El Pelicano plant will be a terrific illustration of clean, sustainable energy for many years to come," he further expressed.
On January 11, Metro de Santiago celebrated completion of the plant with an event at the site, attended by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Metro de Santiago President Rodrigo Azocar. Metro de Santiago will buy the power generated by the plant under a power purchase agreement. SunPower is providing operations and maintenance services for the facility under a long-term contract.
The SunPower Oasis system is a fully-integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered for rapid deployment and optimising land use. The high-efficiency SunPower solar panels installed at the site will be cleaned using SunPower's proprietary robotic solar panel cleaning technology, which uses 75 percent less water than traditional cleaning methods and can help improve system performance by up to 15 %.