EDF Renewable Services has announced that it has begun full operations and maintenance (O&M) services for Chile’s second largest solar park – the 146 megawatt peak (MWp) Bolero Solar PV plant located in the Atacama Desert in the region of Antofagasta which has the highest level of irradiation in the world.
“We are excited to announce this expansion of O&M business into South America,” said Dalen Copeland, Vice President of Business Development for EDF Renewable Services. “We are confident our extensive experience and resources, operating 13 gigawatts (GW) worldwide alongside the EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, will ensure the long-term performance of this project.”
The Bolero facility, jointly owned by EDF EN Chile and Marubeni, sells the energy produced onto the Chilean spot market. The plant incorporates a single axis tracking system by Exosun and NEXTracker with the solar panels sourced from Jinko and Canadian Solar Inc.
EDF Renewable Services has been present in Chile since 2015, offering full O&M Services, such as pre-COD services & commissioning support, and backup services contracts to over 100 MW of additional projects. The Company provided pre-COD services to the Bolero Project and as of November 2017, have taken on full O&M services with six onsite staff.