First Solar has installed the first of many solar panels at the 141 MWac Luz Del Norte Solar Power Plant, which is north of the city of Copiapó in Chile. The project will employ 1.7 million of First Solar’s photovoltaic CdTe-based thin film modules. It will produce enough solar energy to provide electricity to over 173,962 homes. The project, located 58 kilometers north Copiapó, is scheduled to be completed by December 2015. According to First Solar, will become the largest solar plant in Latin America.
“We are working hard to address Chile’s energy deficit. Projects, such as this show that Chile is progressing towards being a clean energy producing country, ” said Bachelet, speaking to a group gathered at the construction site. “This is an important step towards our 2025 target of having 20 percent of our energy coming from non-conventional renewable energies,” she added.
Maximo Pacheco, Minister of Energy pointed out, “Northern Chile is one of the places with the highest solar radiation in the world, and therefore is the place to develop alternative renewable energy projects such as First Solar’s here in the Atacama region.”