AustrianSolar Chile Dos SpA, a Chilean renewable-energy developer, is filing for permits to develop a $165m solar photovoltaic power plant in Chile’s Atacama desert.

Work on the 90 MW Photovoltaic Sun of Atacama project is expected to start in February 2015, the Santiago-based company said today in a filing with environmental licensing agency Servicio de Evaluacion Ambiental.

The sun-rich Tarapaca region will see solar projects with a total investment of $1.4 bn being developed in the next few years. The Atacama Solar Park, will eventually generate 250 MW on 1,000 hectares with an investment of $773m.

The plant will feed energy into Chile’s central grid system.

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