Climate action and solar energy development programme in the Tarapacá Region in Chile

Climate action and solar energy development programme in the Tarapacá Region in Chile

Large-scale investment in the ‘shovel ready’ Atacama Solar Project will deliver quick CO2 displacement, and drive transition in Chile towards renewable power.

The Atacama Solar Project is a 143MW solar park which will supply a low cost, clean and renewable alternative to coal-fired or LNG generated power. The investment from GCF, together with CAF, will complete the long term project financing required for this private sector-led photovoltaic power project, and facilitate further investment from other financial institutions.

The country is still heavily dependent upon imported fossil fuels, but is committed to reach a goal of 20% of non-conventional renewable power generation by 2025. Current market conditions restrict the participation of Chilean commercial banks in financing large-scale renewables projects. Without  GCF and CAF funding  it would be difficult for the project to be financed. The GCF investment in the project will be of demonstrative value and will facilitate future private sector investment. The project, in the Atacama Desert, will also act as a solar power demonstration in a region with the highest level of solar radiation in South America which could host many more large-scale PV projects.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 20 years.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


21 Dec 2015 - 193 days

Funding proposal received

21 Dec 2015

Cleared by iTAP

23 Jun 2016


30 Jun 2016 - 1,199 days

Approved by GCF Board

30 Jun 2016

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

13 Jul 2018

FAA executed

14 Jun 2019

Under implementation

11 Oct 2019 - 1,116 days

FAA effective

11 Oct 2019

Disbursement - USD 28,864,966

30 Jun 2020

Disbursement - USD 4,692,763

12 Oct 2021


30 Oct 2022

One region

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

One country

  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing86% disbursed

LoanUSD 39,000,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 39,000,000


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 40,000,000
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 82,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 20,000,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 142,000,000

GCF Contacts

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Project complaints and grievances

GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
Phone +82 32 458 6186 (KST)
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6714 (KST)
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Accredited Entity

Corporación Andina de Fomento
Mr. Ignacio Lorenzo

Climate Action and Positive Biodiversity, Director
Ciudadela 1235, Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone +598 (2) 917- 3111
Ms. Maria Moreno Cordoba

Climate Action and Positive Biodiversity, Principal Executive
Carrera 9 No 76-49, Edificio ING, piso 7, Bogotá, Colombia
Phone +57 (1) 744-9444
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Finance
Ms. Heidi Berner Primary
Undersecretary of Finance
Teatinos 120, Santiago, Chile
Phone +56 28282007
Mr. Jaime Tramon Secondary
Senior Advisor, Financial and International Affairs
Teatinos 120, Santiago, Chile
Phone +56 2 28282216