Projects in Chile

Cabo Leones II wind farm

Owned by Global Power Generation, a Naturgy Group subsidiary, and the Ibereolica Group and boasting an installed capacity of 206 MW, the Cabo Leones II Wind Farm began injecting energy into Chile’s National Electricity Grid (SEN) on 10 October of 2020 with the connection of its first unit to the grid, fully expecting to have all its 49 units injecting energy by the end of that same year. Finally, it began its operation in the year 2021. 

The wind farm is located on a 3,500-hectare plot of land close to the Caleta Chañaral de Aceituno (Freirina area, province of Huasco), in the third region of Atacama on the coast of the desert of the same name, 137 km south-west of the city of Vallenar and 610 km north of the city of Santiago.

Since the contract was awarded in 2016, the wind farm’s design was continually optimised until it achieved its current configuration, which is composed of 49 SG145 model wind turbines from the latest Siemens Gamesa platform with a unit power of 4.2 MW, a hub height of 90 metres and a rotor diameter of 145 metres.

This is one of the first 2 electricity-generation projects in Chile for Naturgy, through which the company will be supplying 550 GW of electricity a year. It first came into operation this September after receiving approval from the National Electricity Coordinator for the energisation of the wind farm’s 33/220-kV booster substation integrated by a line position, two transformer positions and their corresponding electricity and control building.

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San Pedro I & IV photovoltaic power plants

Owned by Global Power Generation and boasting an installed capacity of 106 MW, the San Pedro solar photovoltaic farm began its connection process on 24 October 2020 with the energisation of the Lasana substation, fully expecting to start injecting energy into the National Electricity Grid (SEN) in November.

The photovoltaic power plant is located in the middle of the Atacama desert in the north of Chile some 2,550 metres above sea level. The area of this site offers a combination of very high solar desert radiation along with relatively moderate daytime temperatures thanks to its altitude, making this area of Chile a privileged site for solar photovoltaic generation, which is expected to have one of the best capacity factors in the world for this type of technology.

The San Pedro photovoltaic power plant has two practically adjacent sites called San Pedro de Atacama I (SP I) and San Pedro de Atacama IV (SP IV), which together have an authorised injection capacity of 106 MW into the SEN. A total of 234,696 bifacial 430/435-Wp photovoltaic modules, manufactured by Longi, have been installed at both farms.

The project was fully capable of supplying power on 1 january 2021, improving the electricity service in Chile by providing reliable, renewable and cheap energy.

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SSDG Milan (A & B) photovoltaic plants

Milán (A & B) is a  7.4 MWp project, located on route J-310, commune of Teno, Maule Region, Chile. The plant generates through approximately 9,700 bifacial 535Wp panels and 4,000 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation is taken to the grid through two inverters and two transformer stations whose output voltage is 13.2 kV. The project has two connection points, 3.8 MW produced are connected to the Vista Hermosa feeder and 3 MW to the El Quelmén feeder, both owned by CGE, which are connected to the Teno substation. Therefore, it was necessary to build two evacuation lines, the first of 200 m and the second of 5.5 km.

SSDG Torino photovoltaic plant

Torino is an 8.8 MWp project, located on the side of Route 5, in the municipality of Teno, Maule Region, Chile, the plant generates through approximately 12,500 bifacial 535Wp panels and 4,000 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation is fed to the grid through three inverters and three transformer stations with an output voltage of 13.2 kV. A 500 m line, was built as part of the project, connects to the Vista Hermosa feeder, owned by CGE, which connects to the Teno substation.

SSDG Cauquenes photovoltaic plant

Cauquenes is a 3MWp project, implemented on two adjacent properties located on Camino M-500, in the municipality of Cauquenes, Maule Region, Chile, the plant is generating through approximately 4,900 bifacial 535Wp panels and 700 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation is fed into the grid through an inverter and a transformer station with an output voltage of 13.2kV. A 50 meter line constructed as part of the project, connects to the Quella feeder, owned by CGE, which connects to the Cauquenes substation. The connection pole is located next to the project.

SSDG Ratulemus photovoltaic plant

Ratulemus is a 3MWp project, located on Camino M-50, in the municipality of Cauquenes, Maule Region, Chile, the plant is generating through approximately 4,900 bifacial 535Wp panels and 700 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation is fed into the grid through an inverter and a transformer station with an output voltage of 23kV, through a 100m evacuation line, built as part of the project, connected to the Tabolguen feeder, owned by CGE, which connects to the Cauquenes substation.

SSDG Palermo photovoltaic plant

Palermo is a 9.9 MWp project, located on the side of Route 66, in the municipality of San Pedro, Metropolitan Region, Chile, the plant will be generating through approximately 14,250 bifacial 535Wp panels and 4,200 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation will be taken to the grid through three inverters and three transformer stations with an output voltage of 23kV. For the evacuation of energy, it is connected directly to the Peumo substation (PMG project), owned by CGE. To connect to the CGE network, it was necessary to build a line of approximately 4.5 kilometers.

SSDG Cantera photovoltaic plant

Cantera is a 3MWp project, located in Camino Quilamuta, San Pedro, Metropolitan Region, Chile, the plant is generating through approximately 4800 bifacial 535Wp panels and 720 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation is fed into the grid through an inverter and a transformer station with an output voltage of 13.2kV. A 750m line built as part of the project, connects to the El Prado feeder, owned by CGE, which connects to the La Manga substation.

SSDG Olivier photovoltaic plant

Olivier is a 3 MWp project, located on route D-357, Vicuña, Coquimbo Region, Chile, the plant is generating through approximately 4,800 bifacial 535Wp panels and 730 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation is fed to the grid through an inverter and a transformer station with an output voltage of 23kV. A 50m evacuation line built as part of the project, connects to the Rivadavia feeder, owned by CGE, which connects to the Vicuña substation.

SSDG Sofía photovoltaic plant

Sofia is a 2.41 MWp project, located on route D- 357, Coquimbo, Coquimbo Region, Chile, the plant generates through approximately 4,820 bifacial 535Wp panels and 780 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation feeds to the grid through an inverter and a transformer station whose output voltage is 23kV. A 75m evacuation line, built as part of the project, connects a pole located on the Gabriela Mistral feeder at 23 [kV], at a distance of approximately 0.086 [km] to the Vicuña Primary Substation, owned by CGE.

SSDG Olivia photovoltaic plant

Olivia is a 3 MWp project, located on route D-307, commune of Vicuña, Coquimbo Region, Chile, the plant is generating through approximately 4800 bifacial 535Wp panels and 730 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation is fed to the grid through an inverter and a transformer station with an output voltage of 23kV, through a 100m evacuation line built as part of the project, connected to the Gabriela Mistral feeder, owned by CGE, which connects to the Vicuña substation.

SSDG Soy Solar photovoltaic plant

Soy Solar is a 3 MWp project, located on route D-427, Coquimbo, Coquimbo Region, Chile, the plant will be generating through approximately 4,900 bifacial 535Wp panels and 700 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation will be fed to the grid through an inverter and a transformer station with an output voltage of 23kV. 600m evacuation line, to be built as part of the project, connects to the Guanaqueros feeder, owned by CGE, which connects to the El Peñón substation.

SSDG Los Nogales photovoltaic plant

Los Nogales is a 9.9 MWp project, located on the side of Route 5, in the commune of Teno, Maule Region, Chile, the plant is generating through approximately 12,500 bifacial 535Wp panels and 4,000 bifacial 540Wp panels. This generation is fed into the grid through three inverters and three transformer stations with an output voltage of 13.2kV. A 500m line built as part of the project, connects to the Vista Hermosa feeder, owned by CGE, which connects to the Teno substation.