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María Elena Thermosolar Plant

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.

Full Name María Elena Thermosolar Plant
Project Type Solar Power
Development Phase EIA - Approved
Project Capacity 400  MW (megawatt)  Solar Power
Investment US$ 3.29bn
Lifespan 30
Completion Date 2018

Thermosolar project María Elena is planned for the district of María Elena in northern Chile's region II.

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