Construction is underway for Tempe-based First Solar’s Luz del Norte solar power plant in the Atacama Desert of Chile. With a planned generation of 141 megawatts of power, it will become the largest solar plant in Latin America when it’s ready in December 2015.
Also, the plant will be the world’s biggest solar power facility to sell electricity on an open contract basis, not just to regulated clients. With low variable costs that lower the system’s total cost of electricity, the consumer would benefit.
To complete the project, 1.7 million First Solar photovoltaic thin-film modules will be used. The facility will provide enough output to power nearly 174,000 homes and avoid emitting more than 185,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.