The Chilean government will invest CLP 193.6 million (USD 312,000/EUR 273,000) in a small-scale photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Pan de Azucar national park, located between Antofagasta and Atacama regions, the state’s National Forest Corp (Conaf) said Monday.

The plant, financed entirely by the regional development department of the interior ministry, will be the first energy facility in a natural reserve in the country. It will produce electricity for 113 people in a coastal sector, benefiting a fishing community and Conaf’s installations.

The project fits in with Atacama’s aim to become a centre of clean energy development, intendant Miguel Vargas said.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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