April 24 (Renewables Now) - The Chilean environmental evaluation service SEA admitted in April impact assessments of four renewable energy projects that, if approved, will bring a combined 244 MW of new capacity to the region of Biobio.
Environmental impact declarations for three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totalling 28.79 MW were admitted for evaluation this Monday. They are the 9-MW Avel, the 10.79-MW Laja and the 9-MW La Quinta PV farms. Their combined investment is estimated at USD 31 million (EUR 27.7m).
The largest project of the four is the 215-MW Viento Sur wind farm planned by Chilean forestry and timber company Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion SA (Arauco). The USD-250-million project, which required a full environmental study, will consist of 43 wind turbines, a substation and a 220-kV, 60-kilometre transmission line.