Chile inaugurates Latin America’s first solar thermal power plant

Chile, a country of 19 million inhabitants, can produce 70 times more electricity than it needs today. "Chile was a poor country in the energies of the past; we had little oil, little coal, little gas, but immensely rich in the energies of the future", said Chilean president Sebastian Piñera

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Nearly 10,600 heliostats (mirrors), 392,000 solar panels, and a tower 250 meters high. These are the colossal dimensions of Cerro Dominador, the first concentrated solar power plant in Latin America, inaugurated this Tuesday in the north of Chile, in the middle of the Atacama Desert.

Covering 1,000 hectares and located in an area with one of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world, 100 kilometers from the northern city of Calama, the project consists of two components: a 100 MW photovoltaic system, in operation since 2017, and an innovative solar thermal . . .

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