Sonnedix Atacama Solar

Harnessing the power of the sun to build a sustainable future

Sonnedix is playing a role in fulfilling Chile’s renewable energy targets of 100% renewables in the country’s energy mix by 2040. The Atacama Solar project’s purpose is to generate electricity using solar energy – a safe, proven, environmentally friendly form of renewable energy.

Present in Chile since 2015

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.

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. Once operational, the Atacama project will displace around 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Sonnedix Atacama Solar Groundbreaking ceremony August 2019
About the Atacama Solar PV Project

The Atacama Solar Photovoltaic (PV) project consists of the construction, assembly, operation and maintenance of a 250 MW Solar plant (to be constructed in 3 phases).

Once completed, the Sonnedix Atacama Solar PV plant will generate approximately 470GWh of clean electricity annually and avoid the emission of around 200,000 metric tons of CO2 per year compared with thermal generation. Among the largest solar power projects in Chile, the plant will generate enough electricity for more than 100,000 homes when operational.

It includes the construction of a 45.5 km and 220 kV voltage transmission line, which will connect the project's substation with the National Electric System in the Lagunas substation.

Our commitment to the local community

Training and hiring: Provide employment opportunities for people in localities next to the project

Education: Promote renewable energy studies in schools and high schools

Research: To work with universities to support research and develop renewable energy projects.

Questions?

Any concerns or questions about the project, please get in touch.

Email: inform@sonnedix.com
Tel: +56 2 2512 1587

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Latest Project News

June and July 2019:
Sonnedix conducted community consultation events, along with its EPC partner METKA. Preparations for construction also began.

August:
Construction started on Sonnedix Atacama Solar and Sonnedix marked this with a groundbreaking ceremony at the project site on 8th August. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Miguel Angel Quezada, Regional Mayor of Tarapacá; Iván Cheuquelaf, Project Manager at the Ministry of Energy; Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix; Carlos Guinand, Chairman of Sonnedix; Sergio del Campo, Sonnedix Director of Operations in Chile, and other local authority representatives.

 

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