Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited is supplying 240 megawatts (MW) of solar panels for Latin America's two largest hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) power plants. Both projects, located in northern Chile, will also be equipped with 110 MW of CSP and 17.5 hours of thermal storage each.
As the power plants' sole PV supplier, Yingli is providing over 780,000 multicrystalline utility-scale YGE 72 Cell solar panels to the projects, which be installed in two phases. The first phase of panel deliveries was recently completed, and the second phase will start in August. The first power plant is expected to be operational by mid-2016.
Once complete, the PV portion of the solar power plants will occupy nearly 100,000 acres of land in total. Both projects will be connected to the national utility grid and deliver an uninterrupted power supply to commercial, industrial, and residential customers throughout Chile, offsetting approximately 385,000 tons of carbon emissions each year.