Chile builds first solar power plant in Latin America

In one of the driest places on earth, in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, the first solar energy concentration plant in Latin America was built. Chilean President Sebastian Piñera attended the opening ceremony.

According to him, the installation is a tower 250 meters high, which receives sunlight and accumulates it with the help of 10.6 thousand mirrors located around. “This is a step towards a new, better world, a cleaner one,” RIA Novosti quotes Piñera.

The complex will produce energy around the clock using a thermal energy storage system. The installation will reduce the number of CO2 emissions per year by 600 thousand tons.

Chile has pledged to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050. It is the only developing country whose authorities set such goals.

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