July 5 (Renewables Now) - The 123-MWp Valle Escondido solar photovoltaic (PV) project, which Mainstream Renewable Power is developing in Chile, has received the green light from the Atacama regional environmental body, the Irish firm informed on Friday.
The USD-150-million (EUR 133.7m) project will be located in the commune of Tierra Amarilla in the northern section of the Atacama region. Mainstream will put up 382,000 PV panels at the site that stretches across 360 hectares (889.6 acres) of land.
The environmental approval, or Environmental Qualification Resolution (RCA) , comes less than a month after Mainstream announced that construction would commence this year of a transmission line for Valle Escondido and the neighbouring PV project, the 170-MWp Rio Escondido. The construction of a 55.5-km long 220 kV transmission line that will evacuate electricity from both solar farms was entrusted to Chile’s Transelec SA.
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