Atacama Solar, a company created by about 30 Spanish investors, has put the 3 MW Los Puquios solar power station into operation in Chile.

The $3.9 million photovoltaic energy facility is in Tarapaca, a region in northern Chile.

The facility is the largest fixed solar power station in Chile, Atacama Solar said in a statement.

Chile is one of the markets with the greatest potential for photovoltaic, or PV, stations, which collect energy from the sun using panels, the company said.

PV stations with 128 MW in generating capacity are under construction and projects with more than 5 GW of capacity have been approved by the Environmental Impact Evaluation System, or SEIA, in the South American country, Atacama Solar said.

PV projects with 4.7 GW in generating capacity are in the process of applying for permits, the company said. EFE