The photovoltaic project located on a dam of Verfrut's Quilamuta Farm in the O’Higgins Region occupies 8,260 square meters and has an installed capacity of 1,090 kWp, which makes it the largest floating photovoltaic generation system launched in the entire southern cone.
"Verfrut aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the United Nations, especially those that refer to the development of affordable and non-polluting energy, responsible production and consumption, and carrying out climate actions," stated Javier Martínez, the general manager of Verfrut at the inauguration of the infrastructure; an event that was attended by the Minister of Energy, Diego Pardow, and the Minister of Agriculture, Esteban Valenzuela.
The plant, which is located in Verfrut's largest estate in Chile, with 2,735 hectares of surface area, consists of 1,998 solar panels located on 2,493 floats that keep them above the water basin, covering a total area of 8,260 square meters. Eight current inverters are responsible for collecting the energy generated to convert it into alternating current that is then used by the Quilamuta Farm.
"The installed capacity of the Quilamuta Plant helps our Verfrut partner meet its sustainability and decarbonization of its operations goals. This solar plant delivers approximately 40% of the farm's demand, with more efficient and economical energy generated at the same site. In the next stage we hope to incorporate batteries and other decarbonization services that will allow us to deliver 100% of Verfrut's energy requirements with clean energy 24 hours a day," stated Horacio Melo, general manager of Solarity.
"Installing the solar plant in the dam optimizes space. In addition, having the solar panels on the water considerably prevents the loss of water by evaporation," stated Javier Martínez, general manager of Verfrut.