Chile agency to propose solar power plan in Oct – report

Chilean government agency Corfo will propose a program for development of the solar power industry in the country in October.

The strategy will include topics like training, local suppliers, quality certification, solar energy integration into the system and information technologies as support for the industry, Rada said at a seminar in the framework of the IFT Energy 2015 fair in Santiago city.

The program is developed by Corfo with the collaboration of the private sector and will be presented to the government.

The challenge of solar energy in Chile is linked to technological development, according to Rodrigo Palma, director of the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC), which focuses on the Atacama Desert. Palma mentioned that the net capacity factor of Chilean solar plants reaches 27% on average in the first months of 2015, exceeding forecasts from 2010.

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