The solar park, which is owned by E-CL, will have approximately 2 MW of installed capacity and will be built and operated by that company. The electricity generation of the park, is equivalent to 30% of current energy requirements of the “Planta El Aguila”, owned by Quiborax.
E-CL and Quiborax announced the construction of the first solar park of photovoltaic power generation connected to the Northern Interconnected System (SING), through which contribute to mining development in the XV region, of Arica and Parinacota.The solar park is pioneer in Chile and the first concrete product of the union of the mining and energy sectors. It is the result of the collaboration between both companies (E-CL and Quiborax) and an unprecedented effort between a generator and a client in the region.
The announcement was made by both companies, represented by the Administration and Finance Officer of Quiborax SA, Allan Fosk, and the Vice President of Business Development of E-CL, Alejandro Lorenzini. The latter highlighted the project as a realization of the commitment of the parties’ sustainable development and growth of the region.The idea was created in the context of the enlargement of the plant that Quiborax has in the area of the El Aguila hill. The mining company, responding to its policy of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, took contact with E-CL to propose a strategic alliance designed to realize a project of power generation using unconventional renewable energy (URE).
The initiative immediately struck the attention of E-CL, company that has been developing various projects to have a balanced mix of electricity generation.The solar park will be built on lands owned by Quiborax given on loan to E-CL, and will be located at El Aguila, about 60 km. from Arica.The solar park will be connected to the SING through the El Aguila substation, owned by E-CL. The project is ready to begin its construction in the coming months and would be in operation during the first half of 2013. It will be the first solar farm of its kind in Chile.