Generadora Metropolitana (GM), a company belonging to EDF and AME, is making progress in the construction of CEME 1, the largest solar plant in Chile.
Located in the heart of the Atacama Desert, five kilometers from the commune of María Elena in the Antofagasta Region, the CEME 1 solar plant will have an installed capacity of 480 MW and will cover a total area of 435 hectares, equivalent to 370 soccer fields.
Its construction, which is expected to take more than a year, includes the installation of 860,000 high-tech solar panels. This new technology will enable better environmental performance with greater power per hectare and a reduction in water consumption of between 80% and 90%. The project also includes the construction of a transmission line of approximately 9.6 kilometers, which will connect the plant to the national electricity system at the Miraje substation.
Jean-Lorain Genty, CEO of EDF ANDES, stated that "the start of construction of CEME 1 is excellent news for Chile and for the EDF Group as it demonstrates our commitment to contribute to accelerating the country's energy transition. The development of projects such as CEME 1 is fundamental to meet the goal of both Chile and the EDF Group to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest".