The María Elena project calls for the construction and operation of a 400MW thermosolar complex made up of four separate 100MW plants in northern Chile's region II. Thermo solar technology, which employs a heliostat receiver system, has proven to be up to five times more cost effective than standard PV panels.
María Elena would supply the northern SING grid via a 17.5km, 220kV double circuit transmission line connected to the Encuentro substation. The initiative is being developed by Ibereólica Solar Atacama, a subsidiary of Madrid-based Grupo Ibereólica, and should employ 1,500 workers during the construction stage and 200 as permanent staff when in operation.
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|Short names||Termosolar María Elena|
|Primary activities, subsector||Electric Power|
|Secondary activities||Renewable generation|