21 Apr '12, 7pm

Latin America Climate, Energy and Environment News: 4/15- 4/21

SunEdison, the fourth largest solar company in the world, plans to install photovoltaic solar plants in Chile’s Atacama region. SunEdison’s vice president for their Latin American office stated that the U.S.-based company aims to begin and finish the installation in 2013, which will generate 500 megawatts of energy via photovoltaic panels. He highlighted the fact that solar plants can be built relatively quickly in comparison to hydroelectric power. Northern Chile’s high levels of solar radiation are well known among solar companies, and would allow SunEdison to produce energy 2,600 hours per year, compared to 2,100 hours per year in Spain. (La Tercera 04/14/2012). New issues arose for the controversial HidroAysén company this week, whose plan to build five dams on two Patagonia rivers is facing staunch popular opposition. After the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphol...

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