Chilean president Michele Bachelet announced last week that his country will be doubling its clean energy generation by 2010.
The country plans to accomplish this goal with seven new wind power projects totaling 850 MW, a 500-kW solar farm and a 10-MW solar thermal plant. Exact timelines for each of the wind farms weren't made available, but the solar farm should be operating by 2010, while the solar thermal plant will take until 2012 to complete.
In addition to this slew of renewable energy projects, Bachelet said the country will also be creating a center for renewable energy that will research potential renewable energy opportunities and promote efficiency throughout the country.
It seems South America is not to be overlooked when it comes to large clean energy projects. Chile's neighbor Argentina has also made renewable energy headlines with a plan for the world's largest wind park. The 700-turbine park will be located in Patagonia and will have an installed capacity of between 600 and 900 MW.
written by Fred, July 08, 2009
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