Enel Green Power starts construction of Chile’s largest solar plant

Published on Monday, 26 August 2019

  • The 382 MW Campos del Sol PV plant, located in the Atacama Region, will start operations by the end of 2020, generating around 1,160 GWh per year when fully up and running
  • The project involves a total investment of around 320 million US dollars


Copiapó, August 22, 2019 – Enel Chile’s renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power Chile began the construction of its new solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, Campos del Sol. With approximately 382 MW of installed capacity, the facility is the largest solar plant currently under construction in Chile. The plant, which is located 60 km northeast of Copiapó, Atacama Region, will involve a total investment of around 320 million US dollars.

Paolo Pallotti, Head of Enel Chile said: “The start of construction of Campos del Sol, as part of our 1.1 GW development plan for 2019-2021, is a further step in our sustainable strategy to reduce our carbon footprint by increasing the renewable capacity in our generation mix. This milestone, which falls in the same year as Chile’s hosting of COP 25, confirms our commitment to the country’s decarbonisation plan launched last June and aimed at completely phasing out coal plants by 2040.”

Campos del Sol will start operations by the end of 2020 and is estimated to generate around 1,160 GWh per year, avoiding the emission of more than 900,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Campos del Sol will boast around one million bifacial PV panels, a technology that maximizes energy generation by capturing solar radiation from both sides of the panel, generating on average 12% more electricity than conventional modules.

This solar project also stands out for its innovative, digital features. The Campos del Sol construction site will leverage on state-of-the-art machinery guided and controlled by a GPS, an autonomous drone will remotely monitor worksite activities and tablets will be used to digitally integrate data from various devices in real time, boosting the plant’s construction process productivity and efficiency.

As part of the development process, Enel Green Power Chile started permanent dialogue with five local indigenous Colla communities, including about 100 people, to identify impact mitigation and how this project can generate value for these communities.  As a result of this process, a shared plan is ongoing with short, medium and long-term projects in line with the communities’ priorities and the company’s sustainable goals, such as the development of sustainable tourism initiatives which we are already working in collaboration with Chilean NGO Fundación Rondó.  

The Enel Group operates in Chile through Enel Chile and its subsidiaries, namely Enel Generación Chile and Enel Green Power Chile in the generation sector, Enel Distribución Chile in the distribution segment, as well as Enel X Chile in the advanced energy solutions business. Enel is Chile’s largest power company by installed capacity with around 7,500 MW, out of which 4,700 MW of renewables composed of more than 3,500 MW of hydro, over 600 MW of wind, around 500 MW of solar and approx. 40 MW of geothermal. In 2018, Enel in Chile sold around 23.2 TWh of electricity. The Group in Chile has 1.9 million customers and over 2,000 employees. The country is also home to Enel Américas, through which the Group operates in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

Enel Green Power is the global business line of the Enel Group dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of more than 43 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.