The plant, which will be located in the Atacame Desert of Chile, is designed to have an installed capacity of 100MW (DC), which would make it the largest solar PV plant in Latin America. SunEdison officials estimate the plant will produce as much as 15% of the mining group's energy needs.
CAP, the largest iron ore mining, steel producer, and steel processor group in Chile, has been working with the Chilean Government to help meet renewable energy goals, according to Jaime Charles, president, CAP group.
During the first year of operations the plant is expected to generate 270GWh of clean energy, avoiding the emission of over 135,000 tones of CO2 per year into the atmosphere -- the equivalent of withdrawing more than 30,000 automobiles from circulation.
SunEdison Renewable Operations Center will manage the project once it is completed.