We’re still learning more about the technology behind Chile’s solar-energy plant, which has been operating for more than three years, but its arrival at a crucial point in the country’s recovery from its devastating economic crisis has already been met with excitement and a bit of controversy.
The plant, a massive $5 billion project that will produce enough electricity to power more than 100,000 homes, is expected to provide a major boost to Chile’s economy.
But it also raises questions about how clean the electricity generated will be and whether the plant will be able to supply enough power to meet demand.
“We’re still exploring a number of different issues, including what happens to the power that goes to the plants, and how much of that is from renewables,” said Miguel de la Torre, Chile’s director of the Ministry of Energy.
“What we know is that solar power has a very low cost and that the plants can produce enough energy to run a whole country.”
The project has been under construction for about three years in the southern state of Siquepec, which is in the Andes mountains and has been experiencing the worst of Chile’s economic recession since 2008.
Its completion is likely to boost Chile’s hopes of meeting the countrys ambitious climate change targets, and have a direct impact on Chile’s energy system.
While Chile’s coal-fired power plants are the country´s main source of energy, the solar energy project is the first to harness solar energy.
A solar array in the center of the facility will generate electricity, while the rest of the plants will generate the rest.
The plants have already met with criticism, with many locals protesting against the project, arguing that the power from the project will be wasted because it will generate so little.
But Chilean politicians have said that the solar panels will be more than enough to meet Chile´s needs, as the country has an average power consumption of about 1,600 kilowatts per day.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has also said that her government is confident that the project can be run in a sustainable way, and that she hopes to see it finished by the end of 2021.
“The project is a success in its own way,” de la Torres said.
“We will continue to pursue and invest in new technology and new technologies, and the more we invest, the more things we can accomplish.”
While Chile is far from being the first country to run solar-based power, Chile´t been a leader in the solar-electricization industry.
In 2014, Chile was the first Latin American country to install a solar energy system, while in 2016, Chile installed the first solar farm in the region, the first large-scale solar-generation project in Chile and the first in Latin America.
Chile’s government has also pledged to reduce its dependence on imported energy.