The solar energy boom reached Santiago’s subway
- In order to show Chile’s advantages and huge solar potential, CORFO’s Solar Energy Program, Big Chile, and Metro de Santiago launched a campaign in subway stations
Some articles in the international media describe Chile as “the solar Saudi Arabia,” while the most important solar energy conferences worldwide and various international actors such as Al Gore are bringing the country’s solar energy growth to the spotlight.
Currently, Chile is developing a series of solar projects that use various technologies, hence, the significance of the campaign carried out in several subway stations in Santiago, where gigantographies provide information about two solar energy generation technologies.
It is a series of 10 photographs in 50 facilities with information on photovoltaic and solar thermal energy. For PV, the campaign highlights the Romero Solar Farm in the Atacama Region, which is the largest photovoltaic plant in Latin America. For thermal energy, it shows Cerro Dominador Farm located in the Antofagasta Region, which is the first concentrated solar power plant in Latin America.
Commuters received the initiative with enthusiasm. “I like it because it tells us about interesting breakthroughs. Besides, I think it is good that they are working with renewable energy. More and more people are caring for the environment,” said Victor Navarrete, a regular user of the underground train, a response shared by those who celebrated the campaign.
“I think it is a good idea because we can learn about this subject while we wait for the train. We learn about breakthroughs, what we can do, and what the Metro can do regarding renewable energy,” said Valentina Pérez, a frequent subway user.
The campaign is part of a series prepared by Big Chile and it is available for download on Android and Apple platforms. Users are invited to leave their comments using #ChilePotenciaSolar.