Sonnedix began operations in Chile with the Pica
Pilot, a 0.6MW proof-of-feasibility plant, that went
live in November 2015. This was followed by
St. Julia (3.63MW) in April 2016 and Chuchiñi
(3.25MW) in July 2016.
In 2019, we began the construction of the 170 MW
Sonnedix Atacama solar plant, completed in 2020
and inyecting energy into the Chilean’s National
Electric System since January 30, 2021.
We are contributing to the development of the Province of Tamarugal and its solar identity by building and operating the Atacama solar PV plant that will generate clean, sustainable and renewable energy for Chile and the region.
The project is located in the municipality of Pica, an area with the highest irradiation in the world, which means it has excellent solar energy potential. This 450-hectare solar PV plant is powered by around half a million ultra-high efficiency solar panels and 38 central inverters, and includes a 220 Kv, 46.38 km-long, transmission line which connects the project's substation with the National Electric System in the Lagunas substation.
The plant will be generate around 470 GWh of clean electricity per year, powering more than 100,000 Chilean homes.
In addition to that, this project allows Sonnedix to fulfil its social citizen role, giving back to the local communities through our Atacama Community Investment Fund.