The plant, which will be located in the Atacama Desert of Chile, will be the largest of its sort in the Latin American region and one of the largest in the world. It will produce as much as 15 percent of the mining group’s energy needs.
To be build using SunEdison technology, the plant will use more than 300,000 Silvantis monocrystalline silicon modules, coupled with SunEdison solar trackers.
Once completed, the project will be managed by the SunEdison Renewable Operations Center. The R.O.C. provides round the clock monitoring and management services to a global portfolio of photovoltaic installations that are owned and operated by SunEdison and third parties.
The first phase of the Chile plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. During the first year of operations, the plant will generate 270 gigawatt hours of clean energy and avoid the emission of over 135,000 tones of carbon dioxide a year into the atmosphere.
SunEdison has been operating in Latin America since 2010 with offices in Chile, Brazil and Mexico.
The company is a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials. As of September 2012, the SunEdison has interconnected over 850MW of solar energy around the world. – EcoSeed Staff