Abengoa starts to build Latin America’s first CSP plant

Chile will be home to Latin America’s first concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, following reports that Spain’s Abengo had started construction on the landmark project.

The solar plant is being built in the Atacama Desert, taking advantage of this area’s high solar radiation level.

According to Abengoa, the 110 MW CSP plant will use solar tower technology, in combination with an advanced storage system that uses molten salt to store thermal energy for up to18 hours.

The project is part of Chile’s National Renewable Energy Programme, aimed at providing the country with a cleaner energy future, while also promoting economic development and reducing Chile’s dependency on coal and natural gas.

Chile intends to produce 20 per cent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2025.

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