Grupo Cerro is a company that provides energy 24/7 and 100% renewable. Owner of the Cerro Dominador thermosolar plant, located in the Antofagasta Region, and 11 run-of-the-river hydroelectric plants, located in the O’Higgins, El Maule, Bío Bío and La Araucanía regions. The Cerro Dominador Solar complex, with a 210 MW capacity, combines a 100 MW photovoltaic plant plus a 110 MW thermosolar plant. The installed capacity of the Group today is 280 MW. Grupo Cerro, owned by funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners, seeks to contribute to the transformation of the energy matrix by developing renewable, flexible, manageable and sustainable energy projects.
To drive the transformation of the Chilean energy matrix, committing to energy generation for a sustainable future.
To become a benchmark in the fields of development and management of renewable power plants under the seal of Cerro Dominador, which means projects framed within a policy of innovation, competitiveness and integrity.
Commitment to the environment and sustainability, integrity and respect, professionalism and efficiency; and innovation.
The first cornerstone of the concentrated solar power plant was laid.
The project was awarded the supply of 950 GWh/year for 15 years in a tender issued by the Ministry of Energy. The project managed to compete in different hourly blocks because of its distinctive features.
Installation of the first heliostat. The first cornerstone of the photovoltaic power plant was laid.
Recognized by the IDB as Sustainable Project of the year.
EIG became a partner in the project.
Completion of the tower.
EIG took over control of the project.
62 MW of the photovoltaic power plant were put into operation.
100 MW of the photovoltaic power plant were put into operation.
The project achieves total financial close.
Last phase of construction began. Awarded by Latin Finance for Best Renewable Energy Financing.
Awarded by PFI and IJGlobal for Best Renewables Deal of the Year. The receiver was hoisted, an engineering feat never seen before in the country.
Testing of the concentrated solar power plant began.
Cerro Dominador CSP installs its solar receiver
Cerro Dominador signs PPA with power distributor Saesa
End of construction
Cerro Dominador successfully synchronizes ITS CSP plant with the chilean electrical system
We started with the challenge of implementing a unique innovative project in Latin America. The construction of the Cerro Dominador complex began in May 2014 with the laying of the first cornerstone of the concentrated solar power plant, which has a pioneer storage system that makes this technology manageable, offering the capacity to supply electricity reliably 24 hours a day during all periods of energy demand. A photovoltaic power plant was added the following year.
In March 2015, EIG Global Energy Partners joined the project, acquiring a 55% ownership interest. In October 2016, the project became entirely owned by EIG and took control of it. The project began its operations in 2021 and since then it has been nationally and internationally acknowledged for its sustainability, international leadership and the way it works with the community. This type of management has brought us to this point.
Working at Cerro Dominador means believing in a sustainable future with environmental care, innovation, integrity, gender equality and professionalism in all our projects. We strive for developing technology of the future and modern organizations. That is why we have implemented more equitable environments in the management of our company. Our commitment is that women make up 40% of our staff.
We promote solar energy in the country. We believe that Chile can be a renewable energy leader and we are helping it to get there. We produce energy that is 100 per cent renewable which offers reliability and security. We also aim to strengthen local industry.
We search for innovative sustainable solutions like the Concentrated Solar Power Technology. There are close to 6.5 GW of CSP plants in the world, either in operation or current construction, that accounts for 28% of the installed capacity of all of Chile. Projects for 3.6 GW are also under development.