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6 de septiembre de 2017

As concluded after updating the Chilean Solar Roadmap: Chile will be a world leader in solar energy

Chile has the opportunity to take advantage of its natural conditions to develop a competitive solar industry with a high technological level. This is one of the conclusions of the updating process of CORFO’s Solar Energy Program Roadmap.


The Solar Energy Program, implemented by the Solar Committee, decided to update its Roadmap due to the progress experienced recently by the sector. “An update was needed in light of the new global challenges faced by solar energy. We have a great opportunity to develop our industry thanks to trends such as electro-mobility, a use associated with lithium and ‘green’ copper,” said Rodrigo Mancilla, Executive Director of the Solar Committee.


The workshop “Roadmap Update” had a great turnout and the participants appreciated the opportunity to interact and be part of the process. Darío Morales, Director of Studies of the Chilean Association of Renewable Energy (ACERA), stated that it “serves as a tool to socialise breakthroughs, challenges, and particularly the lessons of the Solar Program, which are needed for its success.”


The conclusions will allow the Solar Committee to adapt and complement the program’s Roadmap considering the view of different stakeholders. Rainer Schröer, Director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Chile, praised the work of the Committee and the opportunity Chile has to take advantage of the solar resource in various productive activities, thereby creating value and contributing to a sustainable development. “The focus is on the applications of solar energy in Chile, developing renewable sources as they are technically viable for commercial use,” he said.


Meanwhile, Marcela Punti, Manager of the Chilean Association of Solar Energy (ACESOL), added, “we think it is very important to consider the opinion of the industry we represent and the determination to take advantage of this resource.”


The new Roadmap will allow setting the future guidelines for the Chilean Solar Energy Program.