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Solar developer to move project in northern Chile

Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Energías Renovables Fotones de Chile has submitted an EIA to the environmental evaluation service (SEA) for an alternative to the 90MW solar project Diego de Almagro planned for northern region III.

The project received environmental approval (RCA) in October but the Spanish developer presented an alternative location further from the town of Diego de Almagro to ensure the project is feasible technically, economically and environmentally, according to the EIA.

As a result the project's cost increased to US$225mn from US$187mn in the EIA presented in July 2012.

Work is now expected to begin on the first two of six 15MW phases and transmission works in June 2014 with construction expected to take 12 months. After which work will begin on the next two 15MW phases with the last two phases to be installed in the third year of construction.

Several solar projects are planned in the vicinity of Diego de Almagro located in the Atacama desert, including Andes Mainstream's 162MW project, Emelda's 52MW project and Solarpack's 9MW project.

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