Copiapó

Copiapó
560,000 HOMES POWERED
24/7
260 MEGAWATTS (MW)
BASELOAD POWER

260 MEGAWATTS (MW)

Comprised of two 130 megawatt (MW) solar thermal towers with energy storage, combined with 150 MWs of PV. It will produce up to 260 MW’s of firm baseload power which is critical to the mining sector.

0 FOSSIL FUEL

0 EMISSIONS

Storage enables the plant to operate just like a conventional fossil fuel or nuclear power plant, reliably generating electricity day and night – except without any emissions or hazardous waste

1,800 GIGAWATT- HOURS
PER YEAR

1,800 GIGAWATT-HOURS PER YEAR

SolarReserve's proprietary CSP tower technology with Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage

13HR FULL LOAD
STORAGE

13HR FULL LOAD STORAGE

SolarReserve’s US-developed patented solar thermal energy storage technology enables reliable, on-demand, energy production – even after dark

1,200 DIRECT JOBS

1,200 DIRECT JOBS

Over 1,200 direct jobs during peak construction comprised of craft workers on site, and will also create significant additional jobs related to equipment supply, manufacturing, engineering, transportation and other services. Approximately 80 permanent jobs will be required for plant operation and maintenance.

COPIAPÓ, ATACAMA REGION, CHILE

The Copiapó project, 65 km northeast of the city of Copiapó in the Atacama Region III of Chile, will deliver 260 megawatts of continuous 24-hour solar power, resulting in over 1,800 gigawatt-hours generated annually. The facility will operate at a capacity factor and availability percentage equal to that of a coal fired power plant, while providing a highly competitive price of power – and with zero emissions.

This technology realistically has the potential to power the entire country of Chile – using two phenomenal Chilean resources, salt and sun. Chile has one of the best solar resources on the planet, and Chile’s nitrate salts can be used to collect and store the sun’s energy.

The project will be comprised of two 130 megawatt (MW) solar thermal towers with 13 hours of full load energy storage, totaling 3,400 megawatt-hours of energy storage capacity. Copiapó has received all its permits, and is shovel ready.

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

  • Location: Copiapó, Atacama Region III, Chile – 65 km northeast of the city of Copiapó
  • Technology: SolarReserve's proprietary CSP tower technology with Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage
  • Size: 260 megawatts (MW)of baseload power
  • Storage: 13 hours of full load storage
  • Electricity Production: Over 1,800 gigawatt hours (GWh) annually
  • Homes Powered: The equivalent of 560,000 homes
  • Dry cooling: Significantly reduces the use of water

KEY PROJECT BENEFITS

  • No requirement for natural gas or oil back up – completely emissions free clean renewable energy
  • Energy independence (reducing dependence on imports from other countries) and security 
  • A non-intermittent, reliable power supply for interconnected system, for both the mining sector’s 24/7 operations as well as consumer electricity demand
  • Promoting the advancement of the Chilean solar industry
  • Significant economic development and technology transfer

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

  • Job Creation: The project will create more than 1,200 direct jobs during peak construction comprised of craft workers on site, and will also create significant additional jobs related to equipment supply, manufacturing, engineering, transportation and other services. During operation, approximately 80 permanent jobs will be required for plant operation and maintenance.
  • Localization: More than half of the capital cost of the project can be manufactured or procured locally in Chile.