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Efren Franco

Codelco enters renewable energy metals fray | Metal-Pages Blog - 1 views

  • Codelco, Chile’s state-controlled copper-molybdenum producer, has inaugurated a photovoltaic plant to supply clean energy to its Chuquicamata division.
Glycon Garcia

Latin America News - 0 views

  • The Chilean Agency for Energy Efficiency is developing an energy efficiency labeling system for new vehicles due out in 2011 and will be mandatory starting in September.  (Diario Financiero, 12/16/10)
  • Scientists at the University of Costa Rica are developing solar cells sensitized with dyes from local plants.  Benefits of the cells include its cheaper production price, flexibility and thinness, and ability to produce power with very little light.  However they are not yet as efficient as the present day silicon solar cells. (El Financiero CR, 12/14/10)

    Mitsubishi Motors will release the first electric car in Costa Rica, called iMiEV.  The car is 100% electric, automatic, is powered by a lithium-ion battery, has room for five people and will cost $61,500.  According to the company, Costa Rica was chosen for car’s release in the Americas due to its environmental record and goal to become carbon neutral by 2021. (El Financiero CR, 12/14/10)

Glycon Garcia

Chile Aims for 1,000 Megawatts of Geothermal Power - 1 views

  • Chile Aims for 1,000 Megawatts of Geothermal Power
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    "The Chilean government has set its sights on significantly increasing its geothermal energy capacity.

    The Ministry of Energy recently announced a new contract for the development of 20 areas by 2012. 70 bids from 13 domestic and foreign firms were submitted for the rights to exploit the newly released regions of Rarapacos and Los Ricos.

    Earlier in the year, Energy Minister Ricardo Raineri announced more than 170 concessions for geothermal energy by 2012. He further specified that these concessions would be supported by US$200 million in funding from the government.

    The country is striving to increase its geothermal capacity to 1,000 megawatts in order to meet an ever-growing energy demand in a sustainable manner"
Glycon Garcia

Chile to Build Its First Large Solar Facility | Shannon Roxborough - 1 views

  • Chile to Build Its First Large Solar Facility
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    "In Chile, solar energy project developer Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica and state-owned Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), the world's leading copper producer, say they will build the country's first utility-scale solar power plant in northern Chile, an area with high potential for solar energy generation."
Glycon Garcia

Renewable energy law signed into effect in Chile | Markets | Reuters - 0 views

  • SANTIAGO, March 20 (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a new energy law into effect on Thursday that requires electric utilities to invest in and supply nonconventional energy sources (NCES).

    The vanguard law is an attempt by the energy-poor country to diversify supply as it tries to feed booming industry, particularly its copper mining sector.

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