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After early consultation process, Statkraft Chile enters new solar project for environmental evaluation

Bnamericas Published: Monday, November 21, 2022

PRESS RELEASE from Statkraft
November 21, 2022

(Machine translation of the original release, issued in Spanish)

ANTOFAGASTA, November 21, 2022.- For the 6 indigenous communities and social organizations in the Tucnar Huasi, Huaytiquina, Yalquincha and Chiu Chiu sectors in Calama, Antofagasta Region, the entry into environmental assessment of the photovoltaic solar project will not be a novelty Parina Solar from Statkraft Chile, since the company implemented an early relationship plan in the area, with the purpose of making all the information related to this initiative available to residents, in addition to resolving doubts about this type of technology of renewable generation.

The relationship plan began in January of this year and involved informative meetings and visits to the land where the solar project is planned to be built, instances in which a participatory tour guided by archaeologists and other professionals was carried out, with the purpose that the representatives of indigenous communities resolve their doubts and learn more details about the method of construction and operation of these parks.

“We seek to promote and support the transition of companies to cleaner production systems, using renewable energy such as the one that Parina Solar will provide. The development of these projects must consider the early relationship in the territories where they will be operated and that is what we are promoting in these actions”, highlights María Teresa González, CEO of Statkraft Chile.

The information obtained from the early relationship process was incorporated into the Environmental Impact Statement (DIA) of the project, detailing the actions that were carried out and the methodology implemented.

The 248 MWp Parina Solar Photovoltaic Park, which includes battery storage technology, entered the Environmental Impact Assessment System (SEIA) of the Antofagasta Region. The park will be located about 20 km southeast of the municipality of Calama, in the province of El Loa and will use an area of approximately 272 hectares and includes a 22.8 km electrical transmission line that will be connected to the Calama Substation.

The initiative contemplates an investment of US$248 million and is expected to start its commercial operation in 2025. The project is part of the portfolio of initiatives that the company has in the northern zone of Chile, in addition to other renewable projects under construction in the central zone and south of the country, which together exceed 1,700 MW of installed power.

The sustainable growth strategy that the Norwegian firm is implementing has the purpose of contributing more renewable energy to the National Electric System (SEN) and contributing concretely to its decarbonization.

“We are looking for new renewable developments”

The executive of the firm in the country, María Teresa González, affirms that they are constantly analyzing the alternatives presented by the electricity market and that they are looking for development opportunities in renewable projects, especially wind power, with the aim of incorporating them into their portfolio of assets and developments. “At Statkraft we have the knowledge, the best human team and the financial support necessary to make these projects viable”, he specifies.

Statkraft Chile, which has been present in the country for more than eight years, is working on an ambitious renewable growth and market share strategy.

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