GE Helps Chile Make Biggest Industrial Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant
Taking advantage of Chile’s warm, sun-drenched climate, GE is helping to make the country’s biggest industrial solar photovoltaic (PV) electric power plant a reality.
Work on the plant began in late August 2012 in La Huayca to deliver a peak output of 1.4 megawatts (MW) of solar generated, clean electric power to the region’s mining and other heavy industries.
“The Chilean government’s policy is that industry must source at least 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, otherwise financial penalties will apply,” says Juan Fernández, head of project management at Saferay. “That means this plant has to perform reliably and efficiently on a long-term, consistent basis, and in order to make that happen we turned to GE, whose technology, experience, resources and global presence will help make the plant a success. In turn, we expect that success to stimulate the solar PV industry throughout the entire region.”
This project marks a trend toward industrial scale solar power across Latin America, demonstrating GE’s efforts to generate energy with reliable and efficient PV solutions.
“GE helps countries and companies around the world to develop long-term, reliable and efficient solutions for the use of solar power and other renewable energy technologies,” says Stefan Franko, business leader Renewables for GE Energy Management’s Power Conversion business.