SunPower to power Santiago subway system with renewables

SunPower to power Santiago subway system with renewables

US solar producer SunPower Corp (NASDAQ:SPWR) has won a power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply electricity to the Metro of Santiago in Chile’s largest city from a 100MW solar farm.

The El Pelicano Solar Project, located near the municipalities of La Higuera and Vallenar will provide 60 per cent of Metro of Santiago’s total power needs. The subway system serves 2.2 million passengers a day.

The project’s construction is due to start this year and expected to become operational by the end of 2017. SunPower will design and construct the park in addition to operating and maintaining it.

The deal calls for 300GWh per year making the Metro of Santiago the first public transport system to operate mostly on solar power, according to SunPower.

“SunPower is proud to serve Metro of Santiago’s growing energy demand with cost-competitive, renewable solar power,” said Eduardo Medina, executive vice president, global power plants, SunPower. “Solar is an ideal energy source for Chile because of the country’s high solar resource and transparent energy policies. In partnership with Total, SunPower is committed to the continued growth of our business in Chile.”

The Chilean government announced that Metro of Santiago has also signed a power contract with the San Juan wind park. The solar project will meet 42 per cent of the metro’s power needs and the wind park 18 per cent, according to the government’s statement.